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Veteran Tucker lets loose as Bermuda finish on a high

Bermuda 179-4; Uganda 138-5Bermuda ended a miserable World Twenty20 qualifying campaign in Dubai on a more positive note yesterday.

Bermuda won by 41 runs

The Islanders breezed to a comfortable 41-run win against Uganda in a 13th place play-off at the ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground on the back of a solid performance with both bat and ball.

The Island team piled up a tournament -high 179 for four after being asked to bat and then restricted Uganda to 138 for five.

It was only the Island’s second win in nine matches on tour.

Janeiro Tucker, who celebrated his 37th birthday in Dubai last week, provided the bulk of the scoring with another swashbuckling half-century after being promoted up the order to number four.

Tucker blasted an unbeaten 62 from 41 deliveries to surpass his previous T20 best of 52 achieved against Papua New Guinea earlier this week.

He thumped seven boundaries and two mighty sixes down the ground off seamer Jonathan Sebanja’s second over and dominated a 70-run third wicket stand with Fiqre Crockwell (47) that ultimately put the match beyond the Ugandans’ reach.

Tucker hoisted Sebanja over long off in the 18th over to emphatically bring up his second half-century of the tournament off just 33 deliveries.

The veteran all rounder’s whirlwind knock deservedly earned him a second man-of-the-match award this week.

Earlier, Lionel Cann (42) dominated a 58-run second wicket stand with Crockwell that laid the platform for Bermuda’s challenging total.

Cann let his intentions known from the outset of his 22-ball innings as he swatted seamer Roger Mukasa over the mid-wicket boundary for six off the first delivery he faced.

The Warwick player/coach scored runs on both sides of the stumps as he belted four sixes and as many boundaries before he was eventually caught in the covers off the bowling of Sebanja.

But by then Bermuda were well on their way to a big total after plundering 58 runs off the mandatory six-over fielding restrictions.

Like Cann, Crockwell, who hit the first six of the innings off seamer Asadu Seiga, would also be denied a half-century after he was bowled by a slower delivery from Sebanja.

The opening bat thumped three boundaries and a six during his 44-ball knock.

Sebanja (two for 31) was the pick of the Ugandan attack.

Bermuda also profited from the 15 extras Uganda gave away in the field.

Asked to score at just over nine runs per over in their reply, the Ugandans found runs hard to come by against a disciplined Bermuda attack.

Stephen Outerbridge, who led the team in the absence of skipper David Hemp, cleverly shuffled his bowlers to keep the Ugandan batsmen on the back foot and the pressure eventually took its toll.

Uganda only managed to gather 26 runs during the mandatory fielding restrictions and had to wait until the 11th over for the 50 to arrive and the 17th for the hundred.

That they were able to reach triple digits owed much to the heavy hitting of opener Arthur Kyobe who smashed 41 from 37 deliveries and Sebanja who belted an unbeaten 34 from 20.

Kyobe and Sebanja added 35 runs for the fourth wicket before off spinner Dion Stovell snapped the partnership by bowling the former on the last ball of the 15th over.

Sebanja then added a further 41 runs in an unbroken sixth wicket stand with skipper Davis Arinaitwe (18) before the overs ran out with the Ugandans far from safety.

As he has done for most of the tournament, Stovell led Bermuda’s bowling with figures of one for 23 to take his overall tally in Dubai to 14.

He gave up only nine runs off his first three overs. But his figures ballooned after going for an expensive 14 runs in his final over as the Ugandans stepped on the gas.

Fellow off spinner Rodney Trott (one for 38) was also roughed up in the last over of the match that yielded 17 runs.

Seamers Sammy Robinson (one for 24) and Stefan Kelly (one for 25) also claimed a scalp, the latter his first of the tournament.

Janeiro Tucker (centre) smashed 62 of 41 balls to lead Bermuda to victory over Uganda. Picture courtesy of ICC.

Bermuda D Stovell run out (Sematimba) 9

F Crockwell b Sebanja 47

L Cann c Musoke b Sebanja 42

J Tucker not out 62

S Outerbridge b Waiswa 3

T Fray not out 1

Extras (4b, 8lbs, 3w) 15

Total for four wickets in 20 overs: 179

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-82, 3-152, 4-163

Bowling: A Seija 2-0-25-0; C Waiswa 4-0-30-1; D Arinaitwe 4-0-27-0; R Mukasa 2-0-21-0; D Muhumuza 4-0-25-0; B Masaba 1-0-8-0; J Sebanja 3-0-31-2

UgandaL Sematimba c Crockwell b Kelly 7

A Kyobe b Stovell 41

R Mukasa run out (Cann) 10

B Musoke c Crockwell b Trott 20

J Sebanja not out 34

C Waiswa b Robinson 0

D Arinaitwe not out 18

Extras (3b, 2lbs, 3w) 8

Total for five wickets in 20 overs: 138

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-24, 3-55, 4-90, 5-97

Bowling: S Kelly 4-0-25-1; D Stovell 4-0-23-1; K Leverock 4-0-23-0; S Robinson 4-0-24-1; R Trott 4-0-38-1

Result: Bermuda won by 41 runs at ICC Global Cricket Academy Ground

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Published March 24, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated March 24, 2012 at 9:10 am)

Veteran Tucker lets loose as Bermuda finish on a high

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