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Preparations couldn’t have gone better, says Stovell

Bermuda opening batsman Dion Stovell believes the Island’s preparations for the upcoming Pepsi World Cricket League Division 3 World Cup Qualifying tournament will hold them in good stead as they bid for a top two finish.

The competition will be the biggest international cricket tournament to be held on local soil, with Bermuda set to face Uganda, Italy, Oman, Nepal and USA.

With the side having played competitive matches for the better part of three months, Stovell is hopeful that with the proper training and build-up to the tournament the squad can live up to the expectations of playing at home.

“It is good that we have had a chance to get proper preparation, it has allowed us as a team and individuals to know where we are at and work on certain situations that can come up in a match and get us ready for the bigger picture,” said Stovell.

“When you look at previous tournaments we have been at a disadvantage because the other countries have prepared by getting matches in against foreign opposition and we have gone to training camps and so forth.

“The match preparation is vital for any team or country to be successful and right now we seem to be hitting the right notes.”

Bermuda have returned to training with increased confidence after finishing runners up behind USA at the ICC Americas T20 Qualifying tournament in Florida to secure passage to November’s global qualifiers in Dubai.

This week they return to competitive action against Jamaican team Melbourne Cricket Club in three 50-over matches on April 13, 14 and 16 at Somerset Cricket Club.

Bermuda will also play a warm-up match on April 22 against Oman, one of two teams arriving early for the tournament along with Italy.

“Everyone is on the same page and knows what needs to be done and what the requirements that are expected of them,” said Stovell.

“Personally, the last few tours I have been on since returning in 2010 we didn’t play to the plans that were set out for us and it hurt us in the long run because we weren’t applying ourselves properly.

“This time around, everyone is tuned in as a team and the focus is to get the job done and we are building on this and want to continue right into the tournament.

“It is good to see all the players putting their best foot forward for the betterment of the team rather than individuals as it used to be.

“Focus has been the main thing for us, and if we can stay focused for the duration of the tournament then we should be okay because we are playing at home as well.”

Bermuda face Uganda in the opening match of the Division 3 tournament on April 28.

Bermuda batsman Dion Stovell

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Published April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 09, 2013 at 11:01 pm)

Preparations couldn’t have gone better, says Stovell

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