Host Bermuda Get off to Sensational Start

Fri, May 28, 2010 9:11 PM

Host Bermuda got off to a sensational start, and eased to the target of 129 runs, set by the newly promoted Bahamians with 20.5 overs, and 7 wickets remaining to win the opening game of the ICC Americas div I competition in a game that was reduce to 49 overs per side.

After play was delayed for an hour due to early morning rain, the host team took full advantage of the overcast conditions after winning the toss and electing to field.
Fast medium bowler, Malachi Tucker (7 -2- -22 -2) struck with the second ball, of the game, when Mark Taylor was caught by captain Hemp at cover.

The Bahamas soon found themselves deeper in trouble as the score slumped to 19 / 5 inside the mandatory first power play (10 overs).

Kevin Tucker with figures of(8- 3-9-3) kept a tight line and length at the other end on a pitch that gave the new ball bowlers much assistance.

There was no letting up for the visitors as the home team kept the pressure on the Bahamians and introduced Spin, on a wicket that continued to favour the bowlers. Joshua Gilbert and Rodney Trott extracted considerable spin from the track and recorded figures of (8- 1- 27- 2) and (7 -0 -30 -2) respectively.

Only two Bahamian batsmen reached double figures, Narendra Ekanayake (58 runs, with five 4's and one 6 in 79 balls), and Dwight Weakley (28 runs with two 4's from 86 balls). Five of the visiting bats men failed to trouble the scores in a final total of 128 from (44) of the allocated 49 overs.

In reply the home team lost the wicket of opener Fiqre Crockwell for 5 ct Narendra Ekanayake off the bowling of Jermaine Adderley, with the score on 8 runs, and this gave the visitors some hope.

However a second wicket partnership of 51 runs between Jekon Edness, 22 with three (4), and Stephen Outerbridge, 36 with four (4), soon put the home team firmly in command of the game

The home team batsmen found the bowling and fielding to their liking and plundered the ball to every corner of the ground. However two more wickets would fall to the hapless Bahamians, but this did not stem the flow of runs.

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