Following on from their recent T20I series, Namibia and Uganda took on each other in two 50-over contests yesterday and today in Windhoek.

It wasn't a full strength Namibian side, with several first-choice players sitting out including captain Gerhard Erasmus and the big hitting JJ Smit. It was nevertheless useful preparation for Uganda as they look forward to an ICC CWC Challenge League series, whenever that may be.

Yesterday's first match was a rather one-sided affair with Uganda being bowled out for just 68, Dylan Leicher taking 3-6. Craig Williams scored an unbeaten 36 in Namibia's reply as they won by 7 wickets in just 16.5 overs.

That made today's result all the more surprising. Namibia batted first this time and were able to score 267-6 from their 50 overs. Craig Williams was again the top scorer, this time with 90. Karl Birkenstock also contributed with a knock of 73 before he was run out as Namibia looked for extra runs towards the end of their innings.

The opening partnership of Uganda's reply almost out-scored their entire first match team, with Simon Ssesazi and Emmanuel Hashya putting on 66 before the latter was out for 19 from the first ball of the eleventh over. Sseazi went on to reach 82 from 86 balls before he was the fourth man out.

Uganda kept up with the rate thanks to 49 run fifth wicket partnership between Fred Achelam and Dinesh Nakrani, though the run rate dropped a little once Achelam was out. The latter was eventually the sixth man out when he was dismissed for 45 in the 46th over. Riazat Ali Shah scored seven from the final three balls of that over to leave the visitors needing 31 from the last four overs.

Ten runs were taken from the 47th over, which most unusually featured an all run five. Jan Frilinck slammed the brakes on in the 48th though, dismissing Cosmas Kyewuta and conceding only two runs, leaving Uganda to get 19 runs from the last two overs.

Tangeni Lungameni conceded 11 from the penultimate over, not helped by two wides. With eight needed from the last over, Shah played out a dot ball and a wide, ran two from the second legal delivery before smashing the next ball for a six to secure a three wicket win that must have seemed unlikely even to the more optimistic of the Ugandan team after Tuesday's defeat. Shah finished unbeaten on 43 from 36 balls.