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July 10, 2011
Namibia maintained their unbeaten run in the ICC Africa Region Division One Twenty20, 2011, with another one-sided win, this time a 174-run rout of Ghana at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala. Choosing to bat, Namibia piled up 255 for 2. The innings was launched by Craig Williams who tonked 23 off 10 balls. After he departed, the score reading 28 for 1 at the end of two overs, the charge was carried on by the other opener, Louis Petrus van der Westhuizen, who scored 97 off 40 with 14 fours and five sixes. Sarel Burger and Gerrie Snyman did not let up either, smashing 75 off 46 and 52 off 24 respectively. The Namibia bowlers rounded-off the perfect game for their side, strangling the Ghana line-up. Only Obed Harvey and James Vifah - the sole Ghana batsman who scored at a rate in excess of 82 - managed to get into double figures, as their side limped to 81 for 9 in their 20. Burger backed up his performance with the bat with the best bowling figures of the game - 3 for 12 in four overs.
Nigeria registered their first win of the tournament, beating Kenya by eight wickets at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground, Kampala. Being asked to bat, Kenya put on 128 for 6. Opener Duncan Allan looked good in his knock of 41 off 31 balls, by was run out. The only other sizeable contribution came from Joseph Ochieng, who pushed the total past 100 with his 27 off 21. Apart from lapses in running, offspinner Ramit Gill did all the damage to the Kenya top-order, claiming 3 for 8 in his four overs. Nigeria made short work of the chase, knocking off the target with 16 balls and eight wickets to spare. The top-order shared the work, with each of the top four producing cameos ranging between 21 and 35 to steer Nigeria to an easy win.
Kenya slumped to their second eight-wicket defeat of the day, losing to Namibia at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Opener Duncan Allan top-scored for Kenya for the third time in three games, making 58 off 49 balls out of a total of 105 for 8. He did not receive any support though, with no other batsmen getting into double digits. Louis Klazinga and Gerrie Snyman ran through the top order with combined figures of 4 for 35 in eight overs, while Louis Petrus van der Westhuizen troubled the lower order with his left-arm spin, claiming 3 for 12. The chase was steered almost single-handedly by opener Craig Williams, who was unbeaten on 70, from 41 deliveries. His innings included five sixes and Namibia romped home with eight wickets and 7.5 overs in hand.
Uganda edged past Nigeria by two wickets in a low-scoring game at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground. Choosing to bat Nigeria posted 104 for 6, mainly through a 61-run fifth-wicket stand between Kunle Adegbola and Olajide Bejide. Offspinner Frank Nsubuga was the best of the Uganda bowlers, claiming 2 for 9 in a miserly four-over spell. While most of the Uganda batsmen failed to get going - four were out for ducks - a half-century stand between Arthur Ziraba (who top-scored with 48) and Arthur Kyobe did just enough to get them home. Uganda's victory came in the 19th over, despite a spirited spell from Adeleke Oyede, in which he took 3 for 9 in 2.1 overs.
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