‘Oldies’ can still help national team says Cann
Lionel Cann believes that some of his 2007 World Cup team-mates can still offer something to the national team set-up after their convincing victory over the touring MCC side at Somerset Cricket Club.
Cann dispatched every bowler to all parts of the ground in his trailblazing 72 from 51 balls on Monday evening as he opened the innings and laid down the foundation for the win, hitting seven sixes and two fours.
Left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock was equally impressive with figures of three for 14 in a mesmerising four-over spell, while current national team member Malachi Jones grabbed two wickets for six runs to set the tone as he opened the bowling to devastating effect.
While the victory showed that the squad still have what it takes to get wins and play the game at the highest level, Cann reckons that a few of the players who played in the 2007 spectacle can still mix it with the best in the Americas region.
“Some of the guys in our team are still dominating the game today and it is good to see this,” said Cann.
“It is good to have a game like this so we can put on a show for our country who didn’t really see us play much in our qualifying campaign.
“We were even kidding about this being the team to send to the T20 qualifiers to qualify, but who knows because some of the guys that were on show in this match are young enough to still be around and help out in areas the current side are lacking in.
“It felt good for us to be out there together. The wicket was good. We batted well and the fielding took care of the rest to get the win for us.”
The big hitting middle order batsman returned to cricket after departing St David’s one month ago, leaving his future in both the domestic and international arena uncertain.
But there was no uncertainty about his ability as he quickly went about setting up his men for a formidable total with his innings.
Admitting it was pleasing to be the one to get the ball rolling, Cann was happy with how the night went and the celebration of the side’s achievements.
“I haven’t played for about a month now with my situation and to be out there with friends and guys who went through the process with you, and to put on the Bermuda jersey in front of a great crowd is the ultimate thing and I look forward to it each time I am called upon.
“It was a good match, it was great to have the guys back on the pitch together and to show the younger guys and Bermuda that we still have it and did have a very good team four years’ ago.
“There was laughter all the way through the match for us, it is easy when you are winning and no real pressure on you but the boys were looking forward to this since the schedule came out and to get out there.
“I’m getting better and better and just focusing on my game and it was nice to have the ball fall in my court today and to get amongst the runs and do something for local cricket when a lot of people think it’s failing.
“For me it is all about Bermuda and hopefully this match puts the ship back on course for the future.”