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31st July 2023 Representative

Jack Brassell stars for Namibia as they book a spot in U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup

Durham Academy youngster Jack Brasell impressed with bat and ball as he helped Namibia  book a spot in U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 through Africa Qualifier.

Namibia were crowned champions of the Africa Qualifier and have booked their berth for the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka next year.

The bowling all-rounder earned a player of the match performance against Sierra Leone with an unbeaten 41* off 85 while also claiming  1/10 off 6 overs with 3 maidens, while he picked up 3/6 off 5 over against Tanzania.

Namibia became the third team to punch their tickets for the U19 World Cup 2024 through the Qualifier route. Last month, New Zealand went through from the East Asia-Pacific Qualifier while Nepal advanced from Asia in February 2023.

The three teams join 11 others — Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe — who automatically qualified as the best-placed Full Member nations from the previous edition in 2022.

The Eagles were unbeaten through their run in the Africa Qualifier, winning all their games after their first match against Uganda was abandoned due to rain. The bowlers were at the top of their game as they managed to defend low totals, with Namibia’s highest score being only 170 throughout the tournament.

After the washed-out game, Nambia faced off against Tanzania on 24 July. Captain Alexander Büsing-Volschenk top-scored with 39 to help Namibia post a decent total of 139. The bowlers all chipped in with wickets to skittle Tanzania out for just 33, recording a big 106-run win.

Namibia finished the tournament on a high, defending a target of 149 against Nigeria with Peter-Daniel Blignaut recording a five-wicket haul in their 53-run win.

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