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While Kenya’s preparations for a busy 2010 wobble along, UAE return from Namibia with three wins in tour matches under their belt, following victory in the ICC Intercontinental Cup with back-to-back one-day successes.
Both games were close. In the first, a 125-run stand between Nicolaas Scholtz (58) and Raymond van Schoor (90) helped Namibia reach 269, but a good all-round batting performance enabled UAE to chase down the target with two wickets and 27 balls in hand.
In the second match, UAE posted an almost identical total, making 271 thanks largely to a fourth-wicket stand of 122 between Arshad Ali (75) and Abdul Rehman (71). The score should have been higher but UAE lost their way, losing their last seven wickets for 55. Namibia started confidently, van Schoor again top-scoring with 65, but in the end they lacked the depth and fell 20 runs short.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.