Bermuda finish on high note
Clay Smith, the Bermuda coach, says the hard work starts now as his team targets promotion from for the ICC World Cricket League Division Four Tournament in Malaysia this month.
Bermuda completed their trip to Argentina for the ICC WT20 Sub Regional Qualifiers with a second win in a 50-over practice match yesterday.
Charles Trott and Steven Bremar shared in an unbroken stand of 40 to carry Bermuda to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Argentina, who won the toss, were dismissed for just 99 in 32.2 overs before Bermuda replied with 100 for two after 20 overs. Kwasi James claimed three for 19 and Jacobi Robinson three for 28.
Trott came to the crease in the second over after Okera Bascome was dismissed for 15. Trott and opener Tre Manders carried the score to 63 in the thirteenth over when Manders departed, leaving Steven Bremar to join Trott in passing the Argentina total.
Trott finished with 46 not out and Bremar 20 not out when Bermuda reached their target. The two teams then agreed to continue the match, with Bermuda asked to chase 200, which they reached in the 34th over for the loss of four wickets.
Trott finished with 68 while Bremar made 27. Macai Simmons and captain Terryn Fray were not out on 40 and 33, respectively.
Trott was promoted up the batting order to No 3, while Bremar came in at No 4 and helped carry Bermuda to another victory.
“Steven Bremar and Tre Manders haven’t had much time in the middle,” Smith said. “We wanted to to give them some time to see how they go about their batting.
“We have to pick the team for Malaysia in the next two or three weeks, so I wanted to have a look at a few guys to see how they do at this level. It’s going to be a very tough team to select.”
Bermuda won five games overall, their only setback being a Twenty20 defeat by Cayman Islands in their second outing.
“All credit to the players and my coaching staff,” Smith added. “We’ll return to the drawing board because there’s a lot of work to do between now and Malaysia.
“When we first came here, against Argentina and Cayman we were automatically singled out as favourites to come out of our group. However, you have to take into consideration that Argentina and Cayman are in midseason and looked the part, especially Cayman who have a good bowling attack while their batting isn’t bad at all.
“It took us a couple of days to get into our groove. Even though we were scoring runs we were struggling to score runs. Apart from Kamau who was outstanding with the bat, for the most part our batsmen never really got going besides Kamau and Okera.
“Overall, we were efficient, did what we had to do to win, and went from strength to strength as the tournament went on.”
Smith added: “I sat down with the players yesterday one-on-one to revisit how the tour went, talked about their strengths and weaknesses, and the things we have to work on over the next six weeks. There is a lot of work to be done and Division Four is another level.”
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