England almost chokes on Burger King

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: Namibia's Jan-Berry Burger gave England a massive World Cup scare before the minnows' lack of experience saw them go down by 55 runs at St George's Park on Wednesday. However, it was Burger who was the star of the show. "It was great fun. I knew if I stayed in we had a good chance but unfortunately I got out," said the 21-year-old.

"We had seen videos about England's bowlers so it was an experience." Skipper Deon Kotze was full of praise for his side, playing in its first World Cup. "I think we were outstanding. Rudi van Vuuren bowled well and every bowler stuck to its task," said Kotze. "Jan was outstanding and so was Dan Keulder and at one stage the England guys were apprehensive. But then we started to lose wickets quickly and the challenge fell apart." Stewart said he was glad about the outcome.

"A win is a win and four points are in the bag," said Stewart. "In the end it was a convincing win. A score of over 270 on a slow wicket wasn't easy to chase and although Jan Burger played well, it was a big 55-run win." England, which now has eight points after three matches, takes on Pakistan in a crucial day-nighter at Cape Town on Saturday. Copyright AFP 2001

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