Scotland’s First Order were once again blown away in a devastating first blitz by Namibian rhythm thrower Ruben Trumpelmann as they slipped to a four-wicket defeat in the T20 World Cup.
Kyle Coetzer’s side dropped 60 points in a 130-point loss to Afghanistan in their Super 12 opener in Sharjah on Monday, after producing a brilliant run to reach the Super 12 and their batter was quickly under pressure again after losing the draw, as Trumpelmann claimed three wickets in the first round to help narrow Scotland down to 109 for eight, despite Michael Leask’s quick-firing 44.
Scotland raised their hopes with a lively bowling demonstration, but JJ Smit saw Namibia claim a famous victory with an unbeaten 32.
Trumpelmann gave Namibia a dream start, with opener George Munsey throwing the first ball, Calum MacLeod was caught by the third and Richie Berrington trapped lbw the fourth to leave Scotland two for three.
Craig Wallace was trapped by David Wiese to bring the score to 18 for four in the sixth before Matthew Cross and Leask stabilized the ship. The pair had gone 39 before Cross was beaten by Jan Frylinck for 19 but, at 57 for five, the Scots dug to give themselves something to defend.
Leask hit four fours and two sixes in his 44 of 27 deliveries, putting 36 for the sixth wicket in partnership with Chris Greaves, before falling to Smit.
Greaves was knocked out by Wiese for 25 after Mark Watt left for three and, with Josh Davey undefeated on five, Scotland reached 109 on their 20 overs.
Scotland then started their response with the ball. After a steady start, Namibia opener Michael van Lingen fell to Safyaan Sharif for 18 on the sixth.
In 13th place, they were 67 for four after Zane Green (nine), Gerhard Erasmus (four) and opener Craig Williams (23) struggled to make an impact. But Wiese and Smit led their team into the dawn of victory by putting in 35 for the fifth wicket before the first was caught by Leask for 16 for a slightly nervous finish.
Smit sealed the win with a point in six to spark jubilant celebrations and leave Scotland with two losses in their first two Super 12 games.
Coetzer’s side reached the main draw finishing first in Group B after impressive wins over sixth-placed Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Oman. Their three remaining matches are against New Zealand, India and Pakistan.