Fray injury latest blow for poor Bermuda
Terryn Fray has been ruled out of the World Cricket League Division Four tournament which begins on Friday in Los Angeles.
The Bermuda vice-captain broke the pinky finger on his right hand during Sunday's four wicket defeat to Canada at the National Sports Centre.
Although Fray is still expected to travel with the team, who leave for the West Coast today, the Bermuda Cricket Board is due to announce his replacement shortly.
While Kwame Tucker, Zeko Burgess and Micah Simons were the three players named on the standby list by the BCB when the squad was named last week, none are a direct replacement for Fray who was pencilled in to open the batting with OJ Pitcher.
As a result the Board is believed to be considering calling up another player capable of filling that role.
Fray's loss compounded another bad day for Clay Smith and his men, who slumped to their third straight defeat against a Canada side largely made up of fringe players.
There were some positives in the 71-run loss, however, with Kamau Leverock taking five wickets and Tre Manders scoring a polished half century at the National Sports Centre yesterday.
Chasing 204 for victory, Bermuda came up short as indiscipline and irresponsible batting took its toll on the hosts who, apart from the defiant Manders, placed very little value on their wickets.
The early order batsman demonstrated the technique and temperament required against tight bowling on the way to a match-high knock of 73, which far too many of his team-mates lacked.
Manders came to the crease after the early dismissal of Clay Darrell, one of three changes to Bermuda's team from the one that was skittled out for 34 the previous day, and weathered some hostile bowling before leading a fightback which carried the hosts to their highest total of the three-match series.
After playing himself in, Manders produced some exquisite and sensible stroke play as Bermuda gradually recovered from a horrendous start which saw them reduced to 41 for 6 in the sixteenth over.
Manders punished the bowlers whenever they dropped short or offered too much width and was just as much in control playing with the spin with soft hands as he brought up his half century off 71 balls in 98 minutes.
A century seemed well within Manders's grasp as he continued to find the gaps with ease against a heavily fortified offside.
But in the end it wasn't to be as he ran himself out attempting a suicidal single off Dilon Heyliger, the Canada all-rounder, who beat the batsman in a foot race before throwing down the stumps.
Manders's self-inflicted dismissal virtually signalled the end of the run chase as Heyliger and fellow seamer Ammar Khalid mopped up the tail in quick succession as Bermuda's last three wickets fell for no addition to the total.
Manders's 100-ball innings contained three fours and a six and he also featured in a 57-run eight-wicket stand with tail-ender Cejay Outerbridge, the highest of the innings, which carried Bermuda past the century mark for the first time against the visitors.
He also added 34 runs for the seventh wicket with Brian Hall, one of only three Bermuda batsmen in double figures.
In contrast to Manders's brilliant innings, far too many of Bermuda's batsman threw their wickets away trying to lash out against tight bowling rather than settle down and play each ball on its merit.
Darrell was the first to go, bowled attempting a half hearted drive through the covers.
And he was soon joined in the pavilion by Temiko Wilson and Dennico Hollis who were caught behind and trapped in front as Khalid exploited the new ball and variable bounce on offer.
Steven Bremar, the wicketkeeper, also went for the big shots early and played on, Leverock was stumped charging the off spin of Nikhil Dutta while Jordan DeSilva, leading the team in the absence of captain OJ Pitcher, who was rested for the match, was held in the slips after flashing at the same bowler.
Hall was also guilty of throwing away his wicket after he was seemingly set as he went for one big hit too many and was held at long off.
Khalid followed up his five-wicket haul in the previous match with figures of four for 15 to lead the Canada attack while Dutta claimed two for 27.
Bermuda's collective poor batting display overshadowed a fine outing in the field which forced Canada to work hard for their runs.
All of Bermuda's bowlers bowled economically with Leverock leading the charge with five for 30 from nine overs and two maidens.
The first change opened his account with a wicket maiden after removing opener Bharinda Adhihetty, caught at short mid-wicket attempting to pull a full toss, to trigger a collapse which saw the visitors lose three wickets for as many runs.
Leverock struck again when he trapped Dutta in front with a delivery that came back in sharply off the seam, before bowling Srimarthe Wijeyeratne, the Canada wicketkeeper, who dragged a slower delivery onto his stumps to end his first spell with figures of three for 17.
The seamer was just as effective with the softer, older ball as he claimed the scalps of Khalid and Saad Zafar in his second spell to cap a fine effort in the field.
Leverock was again rewarded for varying his pace as Khalid failed to pick a slow delivery and was held at wide mid off while Zafar played on after also being deceived by a slower ball.
Hall, who kept the run rate down in the middle overs with some tight bowling working in tandem with fellow off spinner Jordan Smith, seized two for 35.
Heyliger led the Canada batting with a boundary-filled 68 from 92 balls while middle order bat Zafar was next high man with 39 from 70.
National Sports Centre (Canada won toss): Canada beat Bermuda by 71 runs
B Adhihetty c Smith b Leverock 25
A Kapoor c Bremar b Outerbridge 2
D Heyliger c Wilson b Smith 68
N Dutta lbw b Leverock 0
†S Wijeyeratne b Leverock 0
*N Dhaliwal b Hall 23
S Zafar b Leverock 39
G Wijethilaka c and b Hall 1
A Khalid c Manders b Leverock 12
D Atwal not out 12
T Jam Kandi not out 0
Extras (b 3, lb 3, w 7, nb 3, pen 5) 21
Total (9 wkts; 50 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-51, 3-51, 4-54, 5-121, 6-131, 7-136, 8-179, 9-195.
Bowling: Outerbridge 6-0-20-1; DeSilva 10-2-34-0; Leverock 9-2-30-5; Mills 5-0-34-0; Smith 10-1-39-1; Hall 10-1-35-2.
T Wilson c Wijeyeratne b Khalid 7
C Darrell b Jam Kandi 3
T Manders run out 73
D Hollis lbw Khalid 0
†S Bremar b Khalid 2
K Leverock st Wijeyeratne b Dutta 5
*J DeSilva c Kapoor b Dutta 2
B Hall c Dutta b Wijetilaka 10
J Smith b Heyliger 0
C Outerbridge b Khalid 13
N Mills not out 0
Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 1, pen 5) 15
Total (36.1 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-15, 3-15, 4-17, 5-39, 6-41, 7-75, 8-132, 9-132.
Bowling: Khalid 7.1-1-15-4; Jam Kandi 4-0-14-1; Dutta 6-0-27-2; Zafar 9-2-23-0; Wijetilaka 5-0-34-1; Dhaliwal 2-0-6-0; Heyliger 2-1-1-1.
Umpires: A Knight and E Carrington.
•Canada won three-match series 3-0
Series details: First match (Hamilton): Canada won by four wickets (D/L method). Second match (Hamilton): Canada won by 132 runs.