Bermuda stumble again
Bermuda's woes continued at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 qualifiers in United Arab Emirates yesterday.
The Island's national cricket team slumped to their third consecutive defeat after coming up agonisingly short against the Netherlands in a nailbiter that went right down to the wire at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Dutch won by four runs in a match that could have gone either way.
A disciplined display in the field saw Bermuda restrict the Dutch to 125 for nine after skipper David Hemp had elected to field.
But the Islanders could only muster 121 for eight in reply with Stephen Outerbridge (34) and Rodney Trott (18) the two batsmen left stranded at the crease at the end of the innings.
At 96 for eight with 30 runs still needed for victory from the last 12 balls of the match, the odds appeared to be heavily stacked against Bermuda.
But some heavy hitting from number ten bat Trott dragged Bermuda back in the match when all seemed lost.
Trott banged three successive boundaries off seamer Mudassar Bukhari's fourth and final over to set the stage for an exciting climax with Bermuda requiring 14 runs off the final over to get across the line.
Outerbridge gathered two runs off Timm van der Gugten's first ball of the 20th over after lofting the ball over the bowler's head to long off and then added a single off the second after driving forcefully into the covers to bring Trott back on strike.
Pressure mounted when van der Gugten sent down a precious dot ball to Trott with his third delivery after the batsman swung and missed. But Trott tipped the scales back in Bermuda's favour when he edged a boundary off the bowler's fourth delivery and a single off the penultimate ball of the innings.
Bermuda required six runs for victory off the last ball of the match. But they ultimately proved unequal to the task as Outerbridge could only scamper through for a single after driving into the covers, much to the Dutch players' delight.
Bermuda's slow scoring rate in the first ten overs put pressure on the middle and lower order batsmen who were forced to throw caution to the wind in search of quick runs towards the end of the innings.
The Dutch bowlers tossed down 15 dot balls to Outerbridge alone that proved costly in the end. The Bailey's Bay player faced 44 deliveries and hit two boundaries.
Bermuda scored only 26 runs off the mandatory six over fielding restrictions, with the first 50 arriving in the 11th over and second in the 19th.
The Dutch made the breakthrough in the fourth over when Dion Stovell (13) was bowled by seamer Pieter Seelaar, hooking across the line after smashing the previous delivery through the covers for four.
And before the dust had settled skipper Hemp (six) was also back in the pavilion after he too was bowled hitting across the line to a fuller delivery from Bhukhari.
Elder statesman Janeiro Tucker (20) finally breathed much needed life in the innings after Lionel Cann (15) fell in the ninth over to a brilliant catch at midwicket off the bowling off spinner Michael Swart.
Tucker dominated the 32-run fourth wicket stand with Outerbridge, smashing off spinner Tom Cooper over long-off in the 13th over and driving Seelar off the back foot to the extra cover boundary in the next over as he began to cut loose.
But Netherlands skipper Peter Borren's decision to introduce fast bowler Malik Jamil into the attack in the 15th over paid off as Tucker took a wild swing and was bowled.
The Dutch then tightened the noose as Kamau Leverock (0) and Terryn Fray (0) were dismissed in the space of four deliveries without bothering the scorers. And they were soon joined in the hutch by Justin Pitcher (eight) and Jason Anderson (0), who, like Leverock, went for a golden duck.
Bermuda's last five wickets tumbled for just 21 runs.
Seamer van der Gugten, who was denied the hat-trick after dismissing Pitcher and Anderson with successive deliveries, was the pick of the Dutch bowling with four for 22.
Earlier, opening bat Swart led the Dutch batting with a blistering half-century at the top of the order.
The right hand batsman blasted 53 in a 51-ball knock that included four boundaries and a six off Tucker in the 12th over of the innings that sailed over cow corner.
Leverock (two for 28) and Stovell (two for 14) led Bermuda's bowling.
Bermuda, who currently sit at the bottom of Group A, take on Canada today at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Only the top three teams in the group will advance to the knockout phase of the tournament.
BERMUDA v NETHERLANDS
ICC World Twenty20 2012 qualifier
S Myburgh c S Outerbridge b D Stovell 20
M Swart c D Hemp b K Leverock 53
T Cooper b J Pitcher 0
A Kervezee lbw Stovell 8
W Barresi b R Trott 16
M Bukhari b J Tucker 1
P Borren lbw J Gilbert 14
T de Grooth run out (Gilbert) 1
P Seelaar not out 4
T va der Gugten b Leverock 2
M Jamil not out 3
Extras (2-lb,1w) 3
Total for nine wickets in 20 overs 125
FOW: 1-25, 2-26, 3-43, 4-92, 5-95, 6-108, 7-112, 8-115, 9-118
Bowling: Leverock 3-0-28-2; Stovell 4-0-14-2; Pitcher 4-0-19-1; Tucker 4-0-26-1; Trott 3-0-23-1; Gilbert 2-0-13-1
D Stovell b P Seelaar 13
D Hemp b M Bhukhari 6
L Cann c S Myburgh b Swart 15
S Outerbridge not out 34
J Tucker b M Jamil 20
K Leverock b T van der Gugten 0
T Fray b van der Gugten 0
J Pitcher b van der Gugten 8
J Anderson b van der Gugten 0
R Trott not out 18
Extras (4lb, 2w, 1nb) 7
Total for eight wickets, 20 overs 121
FOW: 1-17, 2-25, 3-43, 4-75, 5-76, 6-76, 7-96, 8-96
Bowling: Swart 3-0-8-1; van der Gugten 4-0-22-4; Bukhari 4-0-26-1; Seelaar 4-0-23-1; Borren 2-0-12-0; Cooper 1-0-9-0; Jamil 2-0-17-1
Umpires: C Gaffaney (New Zealand); R Martinesz (Sri Lanka)
Result: Netherlands won by four runs
Man of the match: M Swart (Netherlands)
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