Bermuda targeting top spot
Bermuda can take a giant leap towards winning the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier with victory over Canada at White Hill Field today.
The hosts have already punched their ticket for the ICC T20 World Cup Global Qualifier and have now set their sights on claiming regional supremacy in the shorter format of the game as a bonus.
“We’ve qualified for Dubai and now we are looking to win the tournament,” Janeiro Tucker, the assistant Bermuda coach, declared.
“That’s our goal now and I’m confident we can do it.”
Terryn Fray, the Bermuda captain, added: “Now we have a chance to win the tournament so we are going to come hard again and see where it goes from there.”
Deunte Darrell, who was named man-of-the-match after scoring the winning runs in Thursday’s victory to confirm qualification to Dubai, echoed his captain’s sentiments, with topping the group on his agenda to add to his memorable match-winning heroics.
“It’s an exciting moment right now,” he said. “We came out, did what we had to do and we’re going to Dubai; now I just want to finish on a high and top the table, that’s the aim.
“Hitting that final shot just felt beautiful knowing that it meant I could take my team to the next stage, that’s all that mattered.
“Securing qualification is just an amazing feeling. We put in the hard work and it paid off for all of us.
“As a team we’re just trying to go as far as we can. We’re going to keep on pushing, working hard and see how far that can take us.”
The first meeting between Bermuda and Canada in the double round-robin competition was washed out with both countries awarded a point for a no result.
“Canada are a good team so it’s going to be a difficult task,” Tucker added. “But we just have to do the basics, play hard and back ourselves to get the win.”
Bermuda’s thrilling four- wicket win over the United States, combined with Canada’s eight-wicket victory over the Cayman Islands in the previous round, confirmed both nation’s qualification to the Global Qualifier in Dubai, in October and November, as the two top finishers.
Bermuda and Canada are both unbeaten going into the second meeting between the two countries in six days.
Ingleton Liburd, the Canada head coach, says his team is also keen to win the tournament to give themselves some momentum going into the Global Qualifier in October.
“Our aim is to now go out and top the group,” he said. “We came here with that as an aim as well as returning home undefeated, that’s what we want to do.
“We are trying to make the players realise that at any tournament you have to remain professional at all times even if there isn’t a whole lot riding on the game, we want to finish strongly.
“The aim is to go finish here on a high and then take that momentum forward on to Dubai.”
The Bermuda and Canada match will start at 3pm and will be preceded by the contest between Cayman Islands and the United States, which begins at 11am.
Tomorrow’s final round of the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier will see Canada facing the US in the opening fixture at 11am followed by Bermuda’s match against the Cayman Islands, beginning at 3pm.
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