Klazinga the hero as Namibia seal series
A late assault from Louis Klazinga, including a brace of sixes in the final over, helped Namibia snatch an unlikely one-wicket victory in the second limited-overs game against Uganda in Windhoek
Namibia 261 for 9 (Steenkamp 84, Williams 58, Waiswa 2-49) beat Uganda 257 for 8 (Musoke 79, Nsubuga 55, Williams 3-31) by one wicket
A late assault from Louis Klazinga, including a brace of sixes in the final over, helped Namibia snatch an unlikely one-wicket victory in the second limited-overs game against Uganda at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek.
Uganda looked certain to level the two-match series when left-arm seamer Charles Waiswa removed Willem Groenewald to leave Namibia's last pair needing 18 runs from 11 balls, but Klazinga and No. 11 Elton Ambambi responded in spectacular fashion to seal victory - and a 2-0 series victory - with two balls to spare.
Namibia's win was set up by a pair of aggressive half-centuries from opener Ewaid Steenkamp and captain Craig Williams. After the early loss of wicketkeeper batsman Raymond van Schoor, Steenkamp added 109 - the highest partnership of the match - with Wessel Myburgh to keep Namibia's pursuit of 258 on course.
Though Myburgh was somewhat subdued at the crease, hitting only one four in his 63-ball 27, Steenkamp had no trouble reaching the boundary, cracking eight fours and a six before he was run out for 84 by Ronald Ssemanda.
His dismissal set Namibia back to 144 for 3 in the 34th over, giving Uganda an opening from which to attack the middle order, and when Louis Burger and Norbert Manyande fell in quick succession the home side slipped to 177 for 5. But Williams counter-attacked in style, clearing the boundary three times to bring Namibia back into the match and rush to a 38-ball 58 before he fell to make Uganda favourites once again.
When Louis van der Westhuizen, Christi Viljoen and Groenewald were also prised out with the required run-rate rocketing past 9-an-over few would have given the tail much chance of chasing down the runs, but Klazinga responded with a career-best effort to crush Uganda's hopes.
Klazinga's efforts made up for a wayward performance with the ball from him, as he gave away 62 runs while Uganda racked up 257 for 8. After Roger Mukasa launched the innings with an aggressive 38 Benjamin Musoke's career-best 79 provided the ballast of the visitors' innings as he added 101 for the fifth wicket with Frank Nsubuga, who contributed an enterprising 55, to lay the platform for a late charge.
Musoke took Uganda to 228 before he was bowled by Viljoen, and though Deusdedit Muhumuza and Ssemanda added 29 in 3.4 overs to take the score past 250, Klazinga's last-gasp hitting proved the difference between the two sides.
After losing their Intercontinental Shield fixture and both limited-overs games, Uganda have one last chance to salvage some pride when the two teams meet in a Twenty20 match at the same venue on Sunday.