Uganda wicketkeeper Lawrence Sematimba scored his maiden first-class hundred to star for the visiting side on the opening day of their ICC Intercontinental Shield game against hosts Namibia.

Asked to bat first, Uganda struggled to 85 for three, before Benjamin Musoke scored his second first-class half-century (59: 62b, 11x4) to stabilise the innings. Musoke added 76 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Akbar Baig (40: 164b, 5x4) in what was the best partnership of the innings.

Thereafter, Sematimba (106: 136b, 15x4, 1x6) held the innings together to finish the day at 329 all out from 92.1 overs. The 28-year-old Sematimba rallied the middle and lower-order splendidly, as he added 54 runs for the sixth wicket with Frank Nsubuga. It was creditable that Sematimba could rally the Ugandan innings from 189 for five to 329 all out in over 34 overs. Sematimba was the ninth man out in the penultimate over of the innings.

For the home team, skipper Craig Williams picked up 5-90 from his 21.1 overs of seam bowling at the United Cricket Club in Windhoek. It was a disappointing day for the hosts as their pace attack did not impact Uganda line-up as expected. The other major wicket-takers for Namibia were pace bowlers Kola Burger (2-61) and Louis Klazinga (1-64), while Tobias Verwey took 1-33.

The second day now holds the key to Namibia being able to outlast Uganda and thereby push for a place in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Shield.