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Namibia qualify for Under-19 World Cup

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Namibia beat Kenya by 52 runs in the final of the Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Africa Division 1 to enter the Under-19 World Cup which will be played in Dubai in 2014.

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Namibia also becomes the third African country that will represent the continent. They join Zimbabwe and South Africa, who are permanent members.

Batting first, Namibia were all out for 173 as Kenya bowlers, led by offspinner Paramveer Singh (3 for 28), kept the batsmen in check. The most substantial contributions for Namibia came from opener Xander Pitchers (52) and wicketkeeper JP Cotze (43).

Kenya’s batsmen, however, couldn’t capitalise on the advantage their bowlers had set up. Pacers Bredell Wessels and JJ Smit picked up early wickets to leave Kenya struggling at 27 for 2.

They lost regular wickets thereon and Smit’s hat-trick in the 35th over, which reduced Kenya to 110 for 7, took Namibia closer to victory.

Kenya were eventually dismissed for 121 in the 40th over.

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