Stovell hails Douglas’s performance
Allan Douglas Jr shone with the bat and ball to guide Bermuda to a six-wicket win over Cayman Islands in their final match at the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier at White Hill Field yesterday.
The all-rounder claimed five for 18 from just 2.2 overs with his off spin and took three catches as the home side dismissed Cayman for 114 in 19.2 overs.
Douglas also led the run chase with an unbeaten 47 from 28 balls, including four sixes and three fours, as Bermuda replied with 115 for four to reach their target with 21 balls to spare.
The middle-order batsman dominated a match-winning 48-run fifth-wicket partnership with captain Dion Stovell, playing the first game of the tournament after recovering from concussion, having been struck on the head during Cup Match, and clinched Bermuda’s fourth win at the qualifier in dramatic fashion with a six off of leg spinner Alistair Ifill.
Douglas’s heroics made him the obvious choice for the man of the match award.
“Dougie had a very good innings and bowled excellent, too, so they had no other choice who to give man of the match to,” Stovell said.
Douglas and Stovell came together at the crease in the eleventh over with some work still to be done with Bermuda 67 for four and they batted sensibly to guide Bermuda safely across the line.
“I thought Dougie batted very well,” Stovell added. “I thought his shot selection at times was really good.
“When we got between the wicket, we ran hard, picked up ones and twos and he hit the odd boundary. He’s one of our power hitters and I just felt that he showed what he’s capable of doing.”
Douglas’s knock was not without its share of luck as he was dropped at mid on and also had a return catch put down in successive overs. Stovell finished unbeaten with 18 from 16 balls.
“I had a little nerves at first for a short pitched ball first up, but I got stuck in,” Stovell said.
“I’m not accustomed to batting in a helmet, which I have to, so it will take some time. But at the end the day, it felt good to be back.”
Onias Bascome (18), Terryn Fray (10), Kamau Leverock (18) all made starts, but were unable to go on. Leg spinner Zachary McLaughlin was the pick of the Cayman bowling with two for 30.
Bermuda made three changes to the team that suffered an eight-wicket defeat against tournament champions Canada at the same venue the previous day, with Derrick Brangman, Justin Pitcher and Stovell coming in for Malachi Jones, Okera Bascome and Delray Rawlins.
The home side had nothing but pride to play for after Canada beat the United States by 15 runs to win the tournament in the opening match at White Hill Field yesterday.
Cayman were in a strong position at 92 for six in the sixteenth over, but their remaining batsman were dismissed for the addition of 22 runs as Douglas claimed three wickets in his second spell. Opener Paul Manning was Cayman’s top scorer with 28 from 32 balls with Gregory Strydom chipping in with 23 from 14 balls.
Bermuda and Canada secured the two ICC T20 World Cup Global Qualifier spots at tournament.
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