Bermuda complete double over Bahamas
Bermuda clinched two comfortable wins over Bahamas in the first two Twenty20 matches at White Hill Field yesterday.
Now, the tourists will look to pull out all the stops to try to salvage something from the tour when they play against Bermuda in their final two T20 matches tomorrow at the National Sports Centre.
They lost by nine wickets in the first match after scoring just 73, and eight wickets in the second when they put up a more challenging total of 136 for eight with left-hander Marc Taylor scoring his team’s first 50 on the tour. He stroked 60 off 41 balls with four fours and five well-struck sixes.
Taylor, the younger brother of the captain Gregory Taylor Jr, helped the team recover from 66 for five in the eleventh over when brother Gregory was bowled by Dion Stovell and then Rudolph Fox was run out first ball when Stovell fielded to his own bowling and threw to wicketkeeper Temiko Wilson to find Fox well out of his crease after Taylor sent him back.
A run-a-ball knock of 28 by Gregory Irving late in the innings enabled Bahamas to pass 130 runs. Zeko Burgess took two for 18 early in the innings while Charles Trott, who was deliberately saved for the final overs, had the best figures of three for 16 from three overs.
Despite losing Stovell in the second over, bowled by Albert Peters, a second-wicket stand of 97 between Terryn Fray and Oronde Bascome laid the foundation for the Bermuda victory, with both scoring 50s.
Fray, second out when the score was 104, scored 56 off 38 balls with five fours and a six while Bascome was there at the end with a patient 52 not out, facing 43 balls and hitting four fours.
Temiko Wilson scored a brisk 20 not out at the other end, hitting two sixes off 11 balls.
“The wicket was a little challenging but Oronde and I batted well together,” Fray said. “We understand each other real well when it comes to running.
“You couldn’t take them for granted. It’s a reminder that even though they might be a few steps under us, we still have to take the game seriously.”
Bermuda picked up a lopsided victory in the opening match, with Kamau Leverock and captain Dion Stovell taking four wickets apiece as Bahamas were dismissed in just 14.5 overs.
Leverock took four for 33 from 3.5 overs after coming on as second change.
He and Stovell ran through the Bahamas middle and late order after they were 69 for four by the twelfth over. The last six wickets went down for just four runs in 2.5 overs, with Stovell finishing with astonishing figures of four wickets for two runs from two overs.
He had a two-wicket maiden in his first over and then claimed two more wickets in his second over before Leverock claimed two wickets off five balls at the other end.
High man for Bahamas was Ryan Tappin with 25 after coming in at No 3 and hitting three fours and a six. Opener Whicliff Atkinson was the only other batsman in double figures with 15.
Bahamas did claim a big scalp on the second ball of the Bermuda innings when Leverock, opening with Allan Douglas, was bowled by Gregory Irving.
Douglas and Deunte Darrell carried the team to victory with an unbroken second wicket stand of 74.
Douglas finished with 39 off 18 balls, hitting two fours and four sixes while Darrell scored 28 not out off two fours and two sixes, facing 19 balls as the scored was passed in just 6.1 overs.
Bahamas are now looking to salvage something from the tour by winning at least one of their two matches on Sunday.
“Before we reach Sunday each and every player has to do some soul searching and decide whether they are giving 100 per cent,” said Taylor, who has two sons in the team.
“I challenge them to step it up, it’s not losing but how you lose. These may be warm-up matches, but these are T20 internationals and go towards Bahamas and Bermuda’s ranking globally, so the matches are very, very important, especially for Bahamas who are at the bottom of the table.”
Bermuda still proved too strong for their opponents after resting the likes of Leverock, Darrell, Allan Douglas, Justin Pitcher and Rodney Trott for the second match.
“The conditions are similar to what we play in in the Bahamas, it’s just that the Bahamian players won’t apply themselves,” Taylor said. “The first game was an eye-opener but the second game we came out and made some runs.
“During the interval we devised a plan on what we were going to do when we went back out but didn’t stick to the plan.”
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