Namibia book ticket to Dubai
Namibia continued their dominance of the Africa Division One Twenty20 tournament with two more wins today, securing their place in the global qualifier in Dubai with three days still to play.
Playing Nigeria in their first match of the day, the Namibians bowled well to restrict Nigeria to just 88-7 from their 20 overs. The total was little trouble for Namibia, and they knocked off the runs in 12.3 overs to win by 6 wickets, Craig Williams top scoring with 34 from 17 balls.
They came up against hosts Uganda in their afternoon game, this time batting first. Williams was caught by Charles Waiswa off his own bowling in the first over, before Louis van der Westhuizen and Sarel Burger put on 51 for the second wicket before van der Westhuizen was out in the sixth over, having scored 36 from 19 balls.
His dismissal saw the scoring rate drop, with Burger playing an anchor role. He was unbeaten at the end of the 20 overs with 56, and Namibia had scored 151-4 from their 20 overs.
A 56 run partnership for the Ugandan second wicket between Roger Mukasa and Arthur Ziraba before Mukasa was out for 25 gave Uganda some hope in reply. But once Mukasa was out, no one else could stay with Ziraba before was out for 48.
Uganda eventually scored 132-7 from their 20 overs, losing by 19 runs. Gerrie Snyman was the pick of the bowlers with 3-20 as his team secured their place in Friday's final, and therefore one of two African qualifying spots in the global qualifier in Dubai.
Uganda had earlier beaten Ghana at the Lugogo Oval. Batting first, the hosts scored 119-7 from their 20 overs, Frank Nsubuga top scoring with an unbeaten 48 from 29 balls. Ghana were always behind the required rate in reply, and they eventually collapsed from 72-4 to 83 all out in 3.1 overs, Deusdedit Muhumza taking 5-17.
Uganda can secure their place in the final if they beat Nigeria tomorrow, provided Namibia beat Kenya.
Kenya, fielding their Under-19 team in this event, were in action in the other match of the day, beating Ghana by 5 wickets after restricting them to 119-9.
Tomorrow's matches will see Namibia look to continue their unbeaten run against Ghana and Kenya, whilst Nigeria will take on hosts Uganda and Kenya.