Bermuda suffer five-wicket defeat
Bermuda slumped to a humbling five-wicket defeat against Jamaican club team Melbourne Cricket Club in a rain affected 50 overs contest at Somerset Cricket Club yesterday.
Bermuda 201 all out; Melbourne CC 198-5 (Target reduced to 195 in 47 overs due to rain delay)
The visitors took full advantage of Bermuda’s woeful batting display to dismiss their hosts for 201 in 43.5 overs and then knocked off the winning runs with minimum fuss.
Taffiri Williams (7) and Dwayne Thompson (12) produced an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 28 runs to carry the visitors safely across the line with 20 balls to spare, the latter emphatically ending the match with a straight driven boundary off the bowling of seamer Malachi Jones.
Afterwards, interim national coach Arnold Manders made no excuses for his team’s poor batting display after electing to bat on a flat track.
“It was just poor application on our part and we just can't leave seven overs in a 50 over match,” he lamented. “We needed to make sure we batted out that final seven overs which was another 40 — 50 runs they have to get, which puts more pressure on them. I just think it was poor execution on our part and some guys have already admitted they had the wrong plan.”
Melbourne made the early breakthrough after claiming the prized wickets of Treadwell Gibbons (six) and Tre Manders (16) before the pair had settled into a groove, both falling prey to easy return catches. The visitors struck another telling blow when Bermuda skipper Stephen Outerbridge (11) was caught at mid on off the bowling of seamer Tarique White.
Elder statesmen Janeiro Tucker (64) and opener Jason Anderson (34) did their best to stop the rot. But just as the pendulum began to swing in the hosts’ favour Anderson gave an easy catch to mid- off and would be quickly joined in the pavilion by Rodney Trott (2) and Malachi Jones (17) as the visitors tightened their grip on the match.
With wickets tumbling around him, Tucker took his frustration out on the bowlers and brought up his half -century off just 45 balls with a massive six off Melbourne skipper Andre McCarthy. But an innings that promised much came to a grinding halt when the veteran all-rounder was bowled by seamer Denva Passley going for another big hit to leave Bermuda reeling at 174 for seven. Tucker’s whirlwind knock included five sixes and two boundaries.
With the threat of Tucker out of the way, Passley and leg spinner Thompson mopped up the tail with only Jekon Edness (18) offering any real resistance before he became the last wicket to fall after being caught in the deep.
Passley (3-40) and Thompson (3-22) shared six wickets between them while first change bowler White had two for 27.
Chasing a revised target of 196 in 47 overs due to a rain delay, Melbourne suffered an early setback after losing opener Jon-Ross Campbell (1) cheaply. Campbell was caught behind by wicketkeeper Anderson after getting a top edge to a Kamau Leverock delivery.
However, Bermuda’s joy was short-lived as White and Sadiki Bolt added 68 runs for the second wicket to put their team firmly back on course for victory.
Bolt was the biggest thorn in Bermuda’s side as he led his team’s run chase with a polished knock of 65 that included six boundaries. The brother of multiple Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Usain Bolt reached his half -century off 71 deliveries.
Bolt lived a charmed life as he was put down by Jones off the latter’s own bowling, survived a run out attempt and was caught by Tucker in the slips only to be let off the hook after Jones was called for a no ball.
But his luck eventually ran out when Jones pushed his stumps back. However, by then the damage had long been done with Melbourne requiring just 26 runs for victory which the swashbuckling Thompson polished off in a hurry.
Trott (two for 27) was Bermuda’s best bowler bowling his ten over spell unchanged from the garden end.
“We had a plan before the game and went onto the field and stuck to the plan and it worked for us,” said Melbourne skipper McCarthy, who chipped in with a useful 34 and added 54 runs for the third wicket with Bolt in his team’s reply. “It was a very good team effort.”
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