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Namibia, Kenya post wins on Day 1

Sun, Jul 10, 2011 1:46 AM

Namibia, Kenya post wins on Day 1
Morning Matches
Namibia versus Nigeria (July 9, 2011)
Namibia 232/6 (20/20 ov); Nigeria 100/6 (20/20 ov)
Namibia won by 132 runs
Namibia didn't do any harm to their number one ranking in this tournament when they breezed by a sorry Nigerian outfit by 132 run in the first international game played at Kyambogo oval since 2001.
Craig Williams won the toss, promoted himself to open the batting and reacted to the situation with a T20 career best half ton of 92 runs off just 42 balls, fellow opener Louis van der Westhuizen added 26 and Sarel Burger chipped in with a quickfire 32 as Namibia piled a mammoth 232 for 6 despite Endurance Ofem's haul of 3 for 39.
Needing to work around more than 10 runs per over, Nigeria were in deep trouble early as they succumbed to 14 for 4 after five overs. Ramit Gill scored 20 and Kunle Adegbola was unbeaten on 40 as time run out on them with the score on 100.

Uganda versus Ghana at (July 9, 2011)
Ghana 101/8 (20/20 ov); Uganda 102/6 (19.5/20 ov)
Uganda won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
The home team gave their biggest-ever crowd the much-desired win with a four-wicket triumph over Ghana. Uganda though had to leave it late as they lost wickets in clusters while chasing 101 for victory.
Lawrence Ssematimba (24), Benjamin Musoke (26) and captain Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (25*) however dug deep to rescue the match that unexpectedly turned into a tight contest.
Karashani indeed was the hero as kept the inning together and was there at the end as Uganda dashed past the victory lane with just one ball to go. A crowd of young supporters justified the importance of the win when they swarmed their new captain.
"We had to get off on a solid start. We didnt win our first game in Dubai and we never recovered. This victory will push us to continue doing well," an elated Karashani told local journalists after the match.

Afternoon Matches
Uganda v Namibia
Namibia 162/5 (20/20 ov); Uganda 103/8 (20/20 ov) Namibia won by 59 runs
Uganda wrapped up the first day of the ICC Africa Division I T20 Championship on a losing note, going down by 59 runs to clinical Nambia. After crushing Ghana by an emphatic 132 runs, Craig Williams won his second successive toss and did the obvious by asking the opposition to bowl and his batsmen never disappointed.
After failing to impress in the morning, it was second time lucky for big-hitter Gerrie Snyman (41 off 32), who got able assistance from his skipper Williams (29), Sarel Burger (27) and Raymond van Schoor (22). Despite Frank Nsubuga?s off spinners (1/10 in 4) and Ronald Ssemanda?s medium pacers? (1/27 in 4 applying the brakes in intervals, Namibia still got a daunting target of 162 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs.
Uganda never got off to any kind of start losing two quick wickets after
just eight balls. Benjamin Musoke managed a face-saving inning of 24 and skipper Davis Arinaitwe Karashani ensured his side crossed the 100 mark with an unbeaten 17 as the trio of Pikki Ya France, Wiaan van Vurren and Louis Klazinga equally shared six wickets.

Ghana v Kenya Ghana 140/7 (20/20 ov); Kenya 143/5 (19.5/20 ov)
Kenya won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Whereas it was second time lucky for Gerrie Snyman and his Namibian teammates, Ghana were left ruing their bad luck at Lugogo.
The West Africans lost their second successive game at the home of Uganda cricket in similar fashion, on the penultimate ball of the match, by four wickets to Uganda (morning) and five wickets to Kenya (afternoon).
After the winning the toss, Ghana captain Peter Ananya and his teammates did well to put on 140 runs for 7 in 20 overs with the quartet of enterprising Lawrence Ateak (36 off 24), Francis Bakiweyem (34 off 36), powerful Steven Bagabena (21 off 18) and opener James Vifah (16 off 10) rising to the occasion.
But there hopes of getting off the mark in the tournament were dashed by a youthful, spirited and solid Kenyan batting line-up. Every player reached double figures with only Rahul Vishram (5) being the odd man out.
Harrison Ambani Angila was the hero. With two runs needed over the last two balls, the lively youngster carved the second last ball over point to seal the triumph that left Ghana crestfallen.

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