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September 26, 2010
Namibia 159 for 6 (Verwey 33*, Klazinga 25*, Muhumuza 3-22) beat Uganda 115 (Baig 36, Klazinga 4-18) by 44 runs
Namibia completed a clean-sweep over Uganda with a 44-run win in the solitary Twenty20 at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek. After Namibia opted to bat first Uganda's bowlers once again did a decent job of restricting the home side's batsmen before Louis Klazinga and Tobias Verwey boosted the total to 159 for 6 with an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 42 in under three overs. Klazinga then burst through Uganda's top order to pick up four quick wickets with his fast-medium seamers, and their chase never recovered.
Uganda's bowling has been competitive more often than not on this tour, and they managed to keep Namibia's top order in check as four of the top five made starts but were dismissed before reaching 20 after captain Craig Williams won the toss and elected to set a total. Left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa made the first incision when he had opener Ewaid Steenkamp caught behind, and Deusdedit Muhumuza then chipped away with three wickets in four overs of accurate medium pace as Namibia slipped to 58 for 4 in the ninth over.
Frank Nsubuga kept a lid on the scoring rate, giving away just 13 runs in four overs of offspin and when Davis Arinaitwe had Gert Lotter caught behind Namibia were 83 for 5 and in danger of setting a sub-par total. Raymond van Schoor and Verwey built some momentum with a 34-run stand in good time before Klazinga joined Verwey and quickly launched a brutal assault at the death. Following on from his match-winning cameo in the second limited-overs match, Klazinga laid into Uganda's bowlers to plunder 25 runs from just eight balls, with two fours and two sixes, while Verwey cracked five boundaries of his own to finish unbeaten on 33.
Uganda's chase got off to a catastrophic start as Klazinga had Roger Mukasa caught behind off the first ball of the innings. He then struck three times in six balls in his second over to rip the heart out of the visitors' middle order and reduce them to 11 for 4. Former captain Akbar Baig and Arthur Ziraba fought back with a 52-run partnership for the fifth wicket but the required rate continued to climb and Ziraba's dismissal to Louis van der Westhuizen's left-arm spin for 23 effectively ended the chase.
Namibia's spinner kept chipping away at the lower order, and despite a defiant knock from Ronald Ssemanda - who cleared the boundary twice - Uganda were skittled for 115 with nine balls remaining in the innings.
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