|World Cricket League Division 2: Dubai, April 2011|
Kola Burger sizzles as Namibia trounce Uganda
At Dubai Sports City Stadium, Uganda won the toss and put Namibia into bat hoping for a repeat of yesterday’s batting collapse by the Africans and it seemed like the Namibians bad luck remained to begin with, as Ewald Steenkamp departed for 15 runs and his replacement at the crease, Sarel Burger, dismissed for a duck.
It was up to skipper Craig Williams to turn the game around, which is exactly what he did making the side’s first century of this tournament, before being immediately bowled by Uganda’s Deusdedit Muhumza. Following on from Williams’ century, the team added another 47 runs, with a notable performance from Gerrie Snyman who hit 85 runs in his innings that featured five boundaries and four sixes.
Uganda’s bowlers failed to sparkle with the ball today, despite some good fielding, with Muhumza being the pick of the bowling attack with 3-51.
Where Uganda’s bowling had failed, Namibia’s excelled in the afternoon heat of the stadium, with Kola Burger ripping his way through the Uganda batting line-up with his medium-pacers tempting the Uganda batsmen to smash the ball into the safe hands of Namibia’s fielders.
It was an abysmal batting display by Namibia’s African neighbours with Benjamin Musoke making 28 and the next best performance coming from Lawrence Sematimba with just 15 runs. Christi Viljoen proved useful with the ball today with the 23-year-old claiming a couple of wickets to help skittle the Uganda team for a measly 67 runs.
Man of the match, Williams said: “ I’m really pleased with the way we turned things around today. Our game plan really paid off, which for this match was to make sure we batted out the 50 overs and make sure the top five in the batting line-up fired for the team, which we all did. I came in to bat today in the same situation as yesterday, at about 30-3 and it was up to me along with Gerrie Snyman to put the runs on the board.
“I realized I had the extra responsibility to make the runs for the side as captain and with someone of Gerrie’s experience with me it helped me make my century today. I was pleased with the way Kola Burger bowled – he’s a big guy and Uganda tried to go hard at every ball he put at them which backfired for them as it meant the balls went straight to our fielders.
“We’ve played Uganda before and know they’re a strong bowling and fielding side, so the main thing for us today was to bat first as we knew their batting line-up wouldn’t hold up against our bowling attack.”