Uganda, Nigeria end group stage with wins
Uganda crushed Kenya by eight wickets at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground, registering their sixth win of the ICC Africa Division One Twenty20 2011, to set up a final with table-toppers Namibia. Choosing to bat, Kenya limped to 74 for 9 in their 20 overs - just three of their batsmen managed to get into double figures with Kennedy Ochieng top scoring with 26. Deusdedit Muhumuza and Davis Arinaitwe picked up two wickets each, and three run-outs were effected in the innings.
Despite losing opener Arthur Kyobe off the second ball of the chase, Uganda faced no real threat, with Abdulah Lubega and Arthur Ziraba putting on 69 for the second wicket and effectively sealing the match. The winning runs came in the 15th over with Lubega unbeaten on 36.
Nigeria beat Ghana by a convincing six-wicket margin at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, to finish third in the points table. Choosing to bat, Ghana were off to an impressive start with a 44-run opening partnership, but the rest of the line-up failed to capitalise. Francis Bakiweyem fell soon after reaching his half-century, edging Kunle Adegbola to the keeper, but his knock was key to Ghana reaching 127 for 9 in their 20.
Nigeria were solid in their reply. There were handy contributions from four of their top five batsmen with No. 4 Ramit Gill top-scoring with a run-a-ball 35. Adegbola, who had picked up three wickets, was unbeaten on 28 off 25 balls, as Nigeria finished the game with 15 balls to spare. While Ghana's one win from eight games puts them at the bottom of the table, Nigeria have qualified for Friday's third-place playoff in which they will play Kenya.