Lesson learnt as Bermuda aim to right wrongs
Irving Romaine believes vital lessons have been learnt from Bermuda’s narrow three-wicket defeat by Hong Kong in their Cricket World Cup Challenge League B opener.
Herbie Bascome’s men appeared well placed to get off to the perfect start, posting 291 for eight after being put into bat, only for an unbeaten 116 from Kinchit Shah and periods of Bermuda indiscipline with the ball to help Hong Kong across the line.
Romaine, who is acting as team manager, was left to bemoan the small margins in defeat as Bermuda aim to right some wrongs tomorrow against Uganda, who beat Jersey in their opener.
“We batted extremely well and it was pleasing to see everyone chipping in with some runs,” said Romaine, a former Bermuda captain.
“However, for all our good with the bat, we were at our worst in the field. There were a number of missed balls and we just allowed the opposition to build some momentum on the way to winning.
“Overall, we played really well, but unfortunately a number of simple mistakes cost us.
“In a competition like this matches will be won and lost on small margins and ultimately it came down to us giving away too many extras.
“We were well in the game right up until that last over and were extremely competitive overall, but those small margins let us down.
“Despite the disappointment, there was some positives to take from the game and we can build on those lessons in the next match.
“If we can do the simple things right and give another strong batting performance then we’ll give ourselves a chance to win.”
In preparation, Romaine cast his eye over Uganda’s match against Jersey, in which they secured a 25-run victory in the tournament’s first match. Serving as invaluable insight into their rivals, Romaine believes his side will encounter similar challenges to those they faced against Hong Kong.
“I think Uganda will be very similar to Hong Kong in the way they play,” he added. “They are very well drilled, particularly with the bat.
“I don’t think they will be looking to smash big scores individually, but they are very smart between the wickets in picking up important singles here and there.
“Everyone is looking forward to the match. We have a fully fit squad, spirits are still high and we will definitely be looking to right some wrongs.”
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