Sarel Burger leads team to competitive score before bowlers stop Uganda well short
Opting to bat, Namibia posted 125 for 7 from its 20 overs and then restricted Uganda to 87 for 9 for its fourth win in the group.
“We started off slowly but obviously we have gradually gained momentum. In such tournaments it’s always good to get into a momentum towards the end, and we hope it carries on this way," said Sarel Burger, the Namibia captain. “In Twenty20 cricket, the bowlers are normally the guys who are second in line but on tracks like these slower bowlers are getting good help.
“It’s great seeing the guys putting in big performances. The batting is little bit slow at the moment but we are working on it and gaining bit of momentum so looking forward to next couple of matches.”
Namibia lost Louis van der Westhuizen in the second over but Burger (34) stabilised the innings. Burger and Nicolaas Scholtz put on 62 runs in eight overs for the fourth wicket before Frank Nsubuga provided Uganda the breakthrough by dismissing Nicolaas Scholtz for 38 off 31 balls in the 17th over.
Roger Mukasa ran out Jaen Kotze and Burger in quick succession and Namibia ended the innings with 125. Charles Waiswa picked up two wickets for Uganda, while Nsubuga, Brian Masaba and Raymond Otim picked up one each.
Uganda's chase was jolted by Louis Klazinga, who picked up Hamu Bagenda and Hamza Saleh's wickets in the third over off successive deliveries, and soon Uganda was reeling at 13 for 3.
Arthur Kyobe, the captain, then shared a 26-run partnership with Phillimon Selowa before Bernard Scholtz struck and sent Kyobe back. Bernard Scholtz and Westhuizen then ripped through the lower order and Uganda ended with 87 for 9.
Namibia finished third on the Group A table after the win, while Uganda finished seventh having won only one game in the tournament.
“I think, for us, the morale really came down when we found out that Italy had beaten UAE yesterday. We could have made it to playoffs but still there are few things we have learnt. We have not really played to our potential in the two weeks we have played here and that has shown in the result. Few games washed out in the rain which could have affected us here and there but for I think there is lot to pick out,” said Davis Arinaitwe, Uganda's captain, after the loss.