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July 9, 2011
Namibia registered a comprehensive 132-run win over Nigeria in the opening match of the ICC Africa Region Division One Twenty20, 2011, at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground in Kampala. Choosing to bat, Namibia piled up an imposing 232 for 6 in their 20 overs, on the back of a blistering 92 from captain-opener Craig Williams. Inclusive of 11 fours and three sixes, Williams' knock came off just 42 balls. Endurance Ofem was the only Nigeria bowler who went for less than ten an over, but only just, as he finished with 3 for 39 off his four. The chase was off to a very poor start, as Nigeria were reduced to 14 for 4. Only Kunle Adegbola put up any resistance, finishing with an unbeaten, run-a-ball 40, as Nigeria limped to 100 for 6 in their 20 overs.
Uganda beat Ghana by four wickets in a low-scoring, close game at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala. Uganda had the perfect start after being asked to bowl, knocking over Ghana's top three cheaply to leave them tottering at 6 for 3 in 4.5 overs. A half-century stand between Julius Mensah and Obed Harvey followed, pushing the side to a respectable 101 for 8 in 20. Left-arm seamers Brian Masaba and Charles Waiswa were the pick of the bowlers, claiming five wickets between them in tight spells. Uganda's chase was off to a similar start, as they were reduced to 10 for 2 before three cameos of 20-odd runs put them on course. A wicket in the 20th over gave Ghana a foot in the door, but Uganda managed to edge home with a ball to spare.
Ghana finished day one without a win, losing to Kenya in their second game of the day at the Lugogo Cricket Oval by five wickets. After batting first again, Ghana got to a competitive 140 for 7, with Lawrence Ateak top-scoring with an unbeaten 36. Their innings was held in check by three run-outs, two of top-order batsmen - Francis Bakiweyem and Mensah - who had got off to starts. Kenya's chase was built on double-digit contributions from all but one of their top seven batsmen, with opener Duncan Allan top-scoring with 37. Ghana managed wickets at regular intervals, but Kenya never looked in trouble, running down the target in the 20th over with half their wickets intact.
Namibia, meanwhile, completed their second convincing win of the day, beating Uganda by 59 runs at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground. Batting first, Namibia were off to a quick start with openers Louis van der Westhuizen and Craig Williams putting on 33 in 3.1 overs. Cameos from Sarel Burger and Gerrie Snyman - Namibia's top-scorer with 41 - followed, which made sure the side posted a sizeable total of 162 for 5. Uganda were always behind, the chase lacking momentum all through. The line-up managed just eight boundaries as they got to 103 for 8. Namibia's bowlers shared the wickets around, with Louis Klazinga, Wian van Vuuren and Pikky Ya France claiming two each.
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