Namibia – 307/7
Uganda – 203/7
*Namibia won by 98 runs

Uganda bowled tight for 47 overs before conceding 63 runs in the final three to succumb to Namibia by 98 runs in first of two 50-over matches at the Wanderers cricket oval in Windhoek.

After 47, Cricket Cranes had restricted their hosts to 236 for six. Then came the carnage. Bowler Cosmas Kweyuta was hit for two sixes by JJ Smit (81 off 56 balls) in conceding 14 off the 48th.

Left-arm swing bowler Jonathan Ssebanja was charged with bowling the 49th. First ball – wide. Second ball – one run. Third ball – four runs. Fourth ball – wide. Fifth – wide. Sixth – six runs.

Seventh – six. Eighth – wide. Ninth –wide. Tenth – six. Eleventh – Smit was caught by Riazat Ali Shah. Namibia plundered 28 off that over to pin Ssebanja’s figures at 1/72 in eight overs.

Shah, 2 for 67 in 10 overs, was not spared when he took the ball to thrown down the 50th. His over went for 21, including three sixes off the first, third and fifth balls.

In those three overs, South African coach Laurence Mahatlane saw a presumptive target of 270 became an improbable 307 for seven.

In reply, Uganda limped to 203/7 while batting out the 50 overs. In there, was Ronak Patel’s defiant century (105 off 129 balls). Shah’s 32 off 61 was the next highest score.

The top order had been wiped out inside five overs, falling to 9/4. Hamu Kayondo (seven runs) Saud Islam (0) and captain Arnold Otwani (2) all went cheaply.

Mid-order batsman Dinesh Nakrani didn’t manage his usual rescue act, returning to the hat with a golden duck.

Patel put his hand gallantly as did medium pacer Nakrani with one wicket for 20 runs in 10 overs. Left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo managed two wickets for 47 in his quota.

Before Wednesday, Uganda had lost the three-match Twenty 20 International (T20I) Series 3-0.


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