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No excuses for bad loss, insists Hemp

Bermuda skipper David Hemp made no excuses for his team’s second successive defeat at the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers.

A day after being surprised by the Danes in their opening Group A game, Bermuda suffered more blushes after being thrashed by Hong Kong at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground by eight wickets.

Hemp believed his side’s batting performance was sufficient enough to win the game, but admitted they lacked the ability to bowl a consistent line to trouble opposing batsmen.

“We’re obviously disappointed, as we felt with 160 on the board, we had a good score, but we didn’t execute our bowling skills well enough,” Hemp told Cricinfo.

“I thought Hong Kong struck the ball, but unfortunately I felt we made it easy for them.

“We are trying to win all of our remaining games, it’s Twenty20 cricket. That’s the beauty of it, as you are never out of a game, and one over can win or lose you a game.”

Bermuda have five games remaining against the toughest opponents in the group including Afghanistan, Canada, Netherlands, and what should be competitive matches against Nepal and Papua New Guinea.

Looking at the bigger picture, the skipper is adamant Bermuda will strive to finish the competition on a high.

“We have to maintain the positive mindset, learn from our mistakes and improve in terms of the execution of our skills as we move on,” he said.

“We have five more games and we are looking to win all five.”

In other action from Group A yesterday, Afghanistan pulled off a four wicket win over the Netherlands with two balls to spare, while Nepal beat Denmark by nine wickets with 44 balls remaining.

In the final match of the group, Canada had to use all their experience to hold off Papua New Guinea by six runs.

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Published March 15, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2012 at 9:41 am)

No excuses for bad loss, insists Hemp

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