Namibia, Scotland eye crucial win with plenty at stake

As Namibia and Scotland prepare to clash at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, both teams understand that more than just pride is on the line. With the group still wide open due to a tie and a washout so far, this match could be pivotal in determining who advances to the Super 8s and potentially qualifies directly for the next T20 World Cup in 2026.

Match Details

  • When: June 6, 11:30 PM GMT, 3 PM Local, 12:30 AM IST (June 7)
  • Where: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Weather: Clear skies with temperatures around 30°C are expected, making it a bat-first day.

Team Form and Strategies


Namibia has had the upper hand in past encounters against Scotland, winning all three of their T20I matches. They come into this match with confidence, having secured a super-over victory against Oman. Key player Ruben Trumpelmann’s performance will be crucial, given his past success against Scotland.

  • Key Players:
    • Ruben Trumpelmann: His opening spells can dismantle the opposition’s top order.
    • David Wiese: Experienced all-rounder providing depth in both batting and bowling.
  • Probable XI:
    • JP Kotze
    • Nikolaas Davin
    • Jan Frylinck
    • Gerhard Erasmus (c)
    • Malan Kruger
    • JJ Smit
    • David Wiese
    • Zane Green (wk)
    • Ruben Trumpelmann
    • Bernard Scholtz
    • Tangeni Lungameni


Scotland was in a strong position against England before rain intervened. They will look to carry forward that momentum. Historically, they have struggled against Namibia in T20Is but have the talent to turn the tables.

  • Key Players:
    • George Munsey: While his T20I record against Namibia is modest, he has strong performances against them in other formats.
    • Mark Watt: Effective spinner who could play a key role on a pitch that has shown some support for bowlers.
  • Probable XI:
    • George Munsey
    • Michael Jones
    • Brandon McMullen
    • Richie Berrington (c)
    • Matthew Cross (wk)
    • Michael Leask
    • Chris Greaves
    • Mark Watt
    • Christopher Sole
    • Brad Wheal
    • Brad Currie

Key Matchups

  • Trumpelmann vs. Scotland’s Top Order: Trumpelmann’s early overs could set the tone for Namibia, especially if he can replicate his past success.
  • Munsey vs. Namibian Bowlers: Munsey’s ability to provide a strong start will be crucial for Scotland to post or chase a competitive total.

What They Said

Ruben Trumpelmann (Namibia): “I think all three associates in this group can give each other a go and yeah, they’ve got two match-winners up front with the bat and with the ball as well – so we’re licking our lips for a great contest and some bragging rights between the associate guys. The qualification to the Super 8 also means qualification to the next World Cup, which is also a big factor. And we are not taking this lightly.”

Brad Wheal (Scotland): “We’re coming into this tournament looking to get into that Super 8, regardless of the rest of the teams in our group. Obviously, it’s something that guys look towards, but we’re just taking it one game at a time. I know it’s cliche, but realistically our best chance of getting into that Super 8 stage and competing and turning some big teams over is looking at tomorrow’s game and then the Oman game after that.”


Both Namibia and Scotland are acutely aware of the stakes and will approach this match with the intensity of a knockout game. With direct qualification to the next World Cup on the line, expect a fiercely competitive encounter at the Kensington Oval.