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Namibia books its place in World T20 2012 Qualifier

Wed, Jul 13, 2011 12:07 AM


Namibia books its place in World T20 2012 Qualifier
Gerrie Snyman starred in Namibia's win over Uganda
Namibia continued to impress in the Africa Division 1 Twenty20 Tournament with two more wins on Tuesday in Kampala, Uganda.

Namibia beat Uganda and Nigeria convincingly to book its place in the World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier to be held in Dubai early next year.

Namibia qualified even with three more days to go in the Africa Qualifier.

AT KYAMBOGO CRICKET GROUND
Namibia versus Nigeria
Nigeria 88/7 lost to Namibia (89/4 (12.3/20) by 6 wickets

Namibia stretched its winning streak to five games with a six-wicket win over Nigeria at the bouncy and pacy Kyambogo oval. Endurance Ofem showed that he had learnt his lessons well so far when he won the toss and denied Namibia the chance to pile another mammoth score.

Despite batting first, Nigeria never found its rhythm setting a below par score of 88 for 7 in 20 overs. Ramit Gill top scored with 20 whereas the extras (19) was next best, as the spinning-pair of Louis Petrus van der Westhuizen (2/13) and Pikkie Ya France (2/11) stemmed the flow of runs.

Namibia set about chasing the score without any fuss despite losing Westhuizen (4) with the score on 11.

Skipper Craig Williams (34 off 17) and Sarel Burger (23 off 29) took it beyond doubt. Burger left with three runs needed for victory which Nicholas Scholtz (6) was happy to score.

Ofem (2/18) however left with his reputation intact after his four over spell accounted for the departure of Burger and Snyman.

AT LUGOGO CRICKET GROUND
Uganda versus Ghana
Uganda 119/7 (20ov) beat Ghana 83 (19.3 ov) by 36 runs

Team Uganda didn't bat to expectation after its skipper Davis Arinaitwe Karashani won the toss but his bowlers and fielders exhibited one of the most clinical displays to help Uganda reign by 36 runs.

Frank Nsubuga scored a 22-ball 48 as Uganda set a target of 119. Deus Muhumuza picked up three wickets in his final over for his career best figures of 5/17 in 3.3 overs.

For Ghana, Harvey Obedi (29) and Samson Awiah (16) were the last batsmen that played with intent but when they departed at 56, the wheels came off its chase. Uganda skipper Karashani wrapped up the win with a spell of 2 for 2.

AFTERNOON GAMES
AT KYAMBOGO CRICKET GROUND
Ghana versus Kenya
Ghana 119/9 (20ov) lost to Kenya 123/5 (18.5ov) by 5 wickets

Kenya wrapped up a convincing five-wicket win over Ghana.

Ghana had its tails up after they had got off the mark in the tournament with a three-run win over Nigeria in the West African derby on Monday.

Harvey Obedi's 32 and Isaac Aboagye's 25 helped Ghana set 119 runs but it was all in vain as the young Kenyans played with composure to see off the storm.

Opening batsman Duncan Allan (33) and Jignesh Hirani (31) laid the foundation for the special win that was achieved off the penultimate ball of the 19th over.

Kennedy Owino Ochieng and Raj Shikotra were there at the end as Kenya won its second game of the tournament.

AT LUGOGO CRICKET GROUND
Uganda v Namibia
Namibia 151/4 (20 ov) beat Uganda 132/7 (20 ov) by 19 runs

Team Uganda huffed and puffed but still lost by 19 runs in a thrilling top of the table clash that turned out to be a preview of the upcoming ICC Africa Division 1 Championship T20 final on Friday.

None of the chasing pack Ghana and Nigeria can catch up with Uganda, given that Kenya qualifies automatically for the Global Qualifier in Dubai next year by the virtue of being one of the five Associate/Affiliate ODI Members.

Sarel Burger (56 off 53) played anchorman to perfection with Louis Petrus van der Westhuizen (36) and Gerrie Snyman (22) chipping in as Namibia set 151.

Uganda kept in the chase courtesy of Roger Mukasa (25 off 24) and Arthur Ziraba (48 off 44) who combined for a 54-run second wicket partnership.

But the asking rate shot to 13 runs per over and the allure of quick runs forced the Uganda batsmen to sacrifice their wickets in pursuit of the target.

The home fans cheered on till the last ball but Namibia's experience saw them through as Uganda run out of time on 132 for 7 at the end of the day.

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