Kotze of Namibia celebrates a wicket against Cricket Cranes

The Eagles of Namibia wrapped up the 50 over series against the Cricket Cranes with a 163 runs win.

The final game of the Castle Lite Series was not kind to the visitors as the hosts were dominant in their approach the moment they chose to bat after winning the toss.

Roger Mukasa came into the side for his brother Frank Nsubuga who got injured in the 1st ODI and youngster Trevor Bukenya replaced Jonathan Ssebanja.

The opening pair of Stephen Baard (145) and Divan La Cock (64) had an opening stand of 150 with the latter falling 1st in the 21st over.

The middle order of Gerhard Erasmus (39) and Michael Van Lingen (32) moved the total ahead but some good bowling and fielding from the cricket cranes stopped the tail from wagging as the visitors posted 354/9 in their 50 overs.

In the chase the cricket cranes failed to get a good start again losing three wickets with Hamu Kayondo, Arnold Otwani and Saud Islam quickly back in the hut inside 6 overs.

The repair job was left to Ronak Patel (23) and Roger Mukasa (43) with the latter batting at number 5, not his usual top order position.

Their 59 run partnership move the total along until the hero of the 1st ODI Ronak Patel was undone by a slower ball Jan Frylinnck.

Roger Mukasa found some form in the final ODI with a well crafted 43 off 70 balls, Mukasa seemed to be very comfortable in the middle running fast between the wickets in an inning that included three 6’s and one boundary.

Rizat Ali Shah who has been the positive sparkle of the whole tour scored a brisk 40 in the company of Dinesh Nakrani (23) with Trevor Bukenya (22) adding some respect to the chase at the back end of the innings. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 192 in 44.4 overs.

Shah Riazat’s wicket falls in Namibia yesterday

The cricket cranes will leave Namibia with no win after losing the three T20 games and also the two one day games.

However, the concern for Laurence Mahatlane and his technical team will be the level of performance of the side.

The cricket cranes couldn’t also maintain levels of performance especially in periods when they had their opponents under pressure.

The cricket cranes are preparing for the Challenge League B tournament in Jersey in September ahead of the T20 World Cup qualifiers later in November and December.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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