Namibia continue to be unstoppable
A round-up of the fourth day of matches in the ICC Africa Region Division One Twenty20 2011
Namibia continued their domination of the ICC Africa Region Division One Twenty20, beating Nigeria by six wickets at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground with more than seven overs to spare. Choosing to bat, Nigeria struggled for momentum as none of their batsmen could get past 20. Namibia's bowlers kept things tight - Louis van der Westhuizen picked up two for 13 while Pikky Ya France had figures of 2 for 11 off three - as Nigeria ended their 20 overs on 88 for seven.
Namibia got off to a shaky start, losing van der Westhuizen in the second over - but a 17-ball 34 from opener Craig Williams, followed by steady contributions from Sarel Burger and Gerrie Snyman stamped out any hope Nigeria might have had of getting back into the game.
In the second game of the day Uganda beat Ghana by 36 runs in a low-scoring match. Choosing to bat, Uganda started off sluggishly but Frank Nsubuga, with an unbeaten 29-ball 48 which included three fours and sixes, provided the much-needed impetus. He failed to receive much support from the other end though, as Uganda reached 119 for seven in their 20 overs.
Ghana lost their openers early before Obed Harvey combined with Samson Awiah for a 42-run third-wicket partnership steady the innings. But having taken just under 15 overs overs to get to 56, the required-rate was climbing for Ghana, and the wickets of Awiah and Harvey triggered a collapse as they slumped from 56 for two to 83 all out in the 20th over. Deusdedit Muhumza picked up the last four wickets, including three in the 18th over, finishing with figures of five for 17.
There was more disappointment for Ghana when they were beaten by Kenya in a tight chase. Chasing 120 Kenya openers Duncan Allan and Jignesh Hirani added 59 for the opening wicket they lost three wickets for 19 at one stage, the middle order chipped in to seal victory with seven balls to spare. Earlier Obed Harvey top scored for Ghana with 32 in 30 and they were boosted by a quickfire 25 by Isaac Aboagye down the order. However, 17-year-old offspiner Vinit Shikotra picked up three wickets to keep Ghana down to what turned out to be a gettable target. Burger and Snyman starred for Namibia as they beat beat Uganda by 19 runs. Burger top-scored with an unbeaten 56 and was part of three productive stands: he added 51 with opener van der Westhuizen, 46 with Snyman and 35 with Raymond van Schoor as Namibia reached 151 for four. Arthur Ziraba made 48 for Uganda, but failed to received much support from the other batsmen. Snyman picked up three for 20 as Namibia were restricted to 132 for 7.