Bermuda made to pay for mistakes
MCC, 270 for nine, beat Bermuda, 123 all out, by 147 runsAt some point Bermuda’s cricketers are going to have to start taking responsibility for their actions.Another indisciplined batting performance, another heavy –defeat, and the mistakes that have haunted the national team for the past three years or more were on display for all to see –yesterday against MCC.It didn’t help that they came up against the batting talents of Will Jones, who made 129 yesterday, nor that they had a second-string bowling attack, but neither of those things should mask the obvious defects in the team’s performance.While some might point to the absence of several senior players as a mitigating factor in the loss, including the likes of Malachi Jones who opted to watch instead of play, the fact remains that Bermuda once again failed to do the basics right and were exposed by a touring team that did.Chasing 271 to win, Bermuda were 58 for five within the first five overs and were ultimately all out with 23 overs of their innings remaining. In contrast MCC were 60 for one after 20 overs and didn’t lose their third wicket until the 45 over, by which time they had 233 runs on the board.“We had a game plan that we didn’t stick to,” said Bermuda head coach David Moore, “and everyone has to be accountable for their performance.“We continue to make similar mistakes that we always make, and the biggest sin of all in one day cricket is not batting out your overs.“We played some loose shots and cost ourselves a good position, although we’ve got a somewhat different team to the one we had in Dubai that doesn’t really matter, we’ve still got to look to the senior guys to start scoring runs for us.”Jones and Chris Thompson (64) made sure the visiting team didn’t have any problems in that department.The pair came together in the ninth over after the loss of Andre Geldenhuys with the score on 27 and proceeded to put on 152 for the second wicket.In a chanceless partnership the only sniff of panic came when Thompson called Jones for a run and then sent him back, with the opener only just managing to make it back into his crease. Otherwise they were largely untroubled by a bowling display that Moore called ‘honest without being penetrative’.Lateef Trott opened along with Kyle Hodsoll, and while Trott only gave away 37 runs from his 10 overs he bowled half a yard too short for much of his time with the ball. On a wicket with plenty of bounce Trott’s length meant that more often than not Jones and Thompson could happily leave the ball as it flew over the stumps and through to wicketkeeper Dean Minors.The MCC batsmen saw off the new ball and gradually accelerated their innings, going from finding the gaps and punishing the bad ball, to pushing the score and firing off several big sixes, including one from Jones that went into the hole where the swimming pool will eventually appear.Spinners Sammy Robinson and Dion Stovell took most of the wickets, although both were costly. Robinson’s three victims cost 80 runs from his 10 overs, and Stovell gave up 62 runs for his three wickets.Robinson and Stovell will probably argue that their figures would have been far better had it not been for some poor Bermuda fielding. Jones was on 94 when he went for a big hit off Robinson and was dropped for six over the boundary by Trott which brought up Jones’ 100.The opener went on to make another 29 runs before he was eventually out to a diving catch from Jason Anderson at short third man, again off the bowling of Robinson.Bermuda put down several more chances in the closing overs as MCC threw the bat, with Steve Hobson’s quick-fire 27 adding some useful runs at the end. In reply to MCC’s 270, Bermuda got off to a bad start when Stovell chopped a Craig Wright delivery onto his stumps and never really recovered.Anderson, a last minute replacement for Chris Foggo, was trapped lbw going back to a fuller ball from Paul Muchall, and Fiqre Crockwell, who had already been dropped at second slip by Hobson, was caught at third man by Geldenhuys after he tried to charge Muchall and got a thick edge to a cross-bat slog.“What we need to do is look at what they did, how they batted,” said Moore, “They were only three an over after 20 overs and they built into it after that, and that’s what we needed to do.”Crockwell’s departure left Bermuda 44 for three and Tre Manders (six) followed soon after, undone by a good ball that nipped back from Richard Gilbert and clipped his off stump as he played down the wrong line.The biggest partnership of the innings was between Dean Minors (30) and Sammy Robinson (12) who put on 48 for the sixth wicket, and at least managed to get their side past three figures.However, when Minors was out, caught by Thompson on the mid-wicket boundary, any hope Bermuda might of had of getting close to MCC’s total went with him.With Kamel Easton unable to bat because of a hamstring strain he suffered while bowling his one over, Trott’s wicket was the last one to fall and he was caught at long-off by Andrew Birley with Bermuda still 148 runs short of their target.