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Namibia well-placed to win medas

Namibia was well placed to win medals in the first four categories of the Africa States Bowls Tournament after the morning session’s play yesterday. 

Namibia’s women were lying joint-first in both the singles and fours competitions after the opening three rounds of matches, while Namibia’s men were lying second in the pairs competition and third in the trips competition. 

In the women’s singles competition Namibia’s Bianca Lewis bounced back from her opening round defeat to Zambia on Tuesday with two victories on Tuesday afternoon and yesterday morning. 

She beat Elandri Couington of Botswana 21-5 and Eunice Mbugua of Kenya 21-16 to go joint top of the log on six points each with Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

In other results on Tuesday afternoon, Zambia’s Getrude Siame surprised South Africa’s Francesca Baleri with a 21-8 victory, while Zimbabwe’s Jane Rigby beat Kenya’s Mbugua 21-10.

Yesterday morning, South Africa comfortably beat Botswana 21-5, while Zimbabwe beat Zambia 21-17. 

With two rounds to go, the women’s singles competition is now still wide open, with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa all on 6 points, followed by Botswana on 3 and Kenya on 0 points. 

The women’s fours competition was just as tight with Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe all sharing the lead on six points each.

The Namibian team of Marietjie van den Bergh, Diana Viljoen, Amanda Steenkamp and Elzaan de Vries comfortably beat Botswana 33-8 on Tuesday afternoon, but yesterday morning they suffered their first defeat, going down 20-15 to Kenya. 

In other results yesterday morning, Botswana beat South Africa 19-10, while Zimbabwe beat Zambia 23-13. 

Namibian bowler Graham Snyman interviewed after they lost their pairs match 14-13 to Zimbabwe at the African States Bowls tournament on 28 June 2023. Video: Helge Schütz

Namibia now lead the log on points aggregate, ahead of Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are all on six points, followed by Botswana on 3 and Zambia on 0 points. 

In the men’s pairs competition, Namibia’s Graham Snyman and JP Fouche were unfortunate to suffer two successive narrow defeats yesterday. 

They got off to a good start after beating Zambia 33-6 and Botswana 17-14 on Tuesday, but yesterday they lost 14-12 to Cephas Kimwaki and Douglas Nyabuto of Kenya, and 14-13 to Clive Robertson and Myles Hooper of Zimbabwe. The latter defeat was especially disappointing after it came from a deflection off the last wood of the match. 

In other results yesterday morning, South Africa beat Kenya 13-11 and Botswana beat Zambia 17-13. 

Despite yesterday’s defeats, Namibia is still well-placed and lying second after four rounds of matches.

Zimbabwe, who lead the log on 12 points after winning all four their matches to date, have already clinched the gold medal, but Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Kenya, who are all on 6 points each, will be battling it out for the silver and bronze medals. 

In the men’s trips competition the Namibian team of Axel Krahenbuhl, Colin Peake and Kat Steenkamp also suffered a narrow defeat to Lionel Coventry, Elliah Mbulawa and Jaulani Sibanda of Zimbabwe, although they managed to beat Kenya’s Joseph Kitosi, Anwar Hamada and Kjellan Awour 20-18 yesterday morning. 

In other matches yesterday morning, South Africa beat Kenya 18-11 and Botswana beat Zambia 25-11. 

South Africa now lead the log on 12 points after winning all four their matches to date, while Botswana are second on 9 and Namibia third on 6 points. They are followed by Zimbabwe (4), Zambia (3) and Kenya (1 point).