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Wicketkeeper Edness facing fitness battle

Jekon Edness is in a race to regain fitness ahead of this weekend’s start of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

The Bermuda wicketkeeper is currently being plagued by a back injury that has raised doubts over his availability to suit up for the round robin tournament that bowls off on Sunday.

“Jekon is being assessed today (yesterday) by the physiotherapist and we will be in a position to give you the outcome tomorrow (today),” said Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) president and selection committee chairman Lloyd Fray.

Edness, who is the captain for Somerset Cricket Club’s league and Cup Match teams, suited up for Bermuda against the visiting Melbourne Cricket Club from Kingston, Jamaica last week. However, he missed Bermuda’s WCL Division 3 warm up against Oman earlier this week due to his injury.

Should Edness be declared unfit to play wicketkeeping duties will likely by taken up by Jason Anderson who kept behind the stumps during Bermuda’s WCL Division 3 warm up with Oman at Sea Breeze Oval on Monday.

News of Edness’ injury concern arrives fresh on the heels of Stefan Kelly’s unavailability for the upcoming tournament.

The BCB have yet to give reasons for Kelly’s unavailability. However, it is understood that the player has been ruled out through school commitments abroad.

Oman defeated Bermuda by two-wickets in a low-scoring affair at Sea Breeze Oval earlier this week.

The Asian country dismissed Bermuda for a paltry 134 in 32.2 overs and then replied with 136 for eight with nine balls to spare.

Bermuda and Oman are scheduled to meet again next Monday in the WCL Division 3 at Lords where the hosts will be seeking revenge with so much more at stake.

The eventual top two teams from the WCL Division 3 tournament will advance to the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier (formerly the ICC Trophy) to be held in New Zealand next year featuring ten of the top ICC Associate and Affiliate teams.

The top two ICC Associate/Affiliate teams from next year’s qualifying event in New Zealand will progress to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

Bermuda qualified for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup at the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland.

Skipper Stephen Outerbridge, Janeiro Tucker, Lionel Cann, Malachi Jones and David Hemp are the only surviving members of the team that represented Bermuda in the Caribbean at the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.

After appearing at the 2007 World Cup, Bermuda lost its ODI (One-Day International) status and High Performance Programme privileges after being relegated to the WCL Division 2 after finishing ninth at World Cup qualifiers in South Africa in 2009. The Island then slipped further down the ICC Associate ladder after being relegated to the WCL Division 3 after placing sixth at the WCL Division 2 tournament in UAE in 2011.

The ICC WCL, which is divided into eight divisions, was installed by the ICC in 2007 to provide regular one-day international cricket exposure to ICC Associate and Affiliate teams as well as a pathway to ICC Cricket World Cup qualification.

The eventual bottom two teams at the completion of the WCL Division 3 tournament will be relegated to the WCL Division 4.

As well gaining promotion to WCL Division 2 and securing a spot at next year’s ten-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand, the eventual top two teams from WCL Division 3 will also remain on course to secure ODI status and a spot in the lucrative ICC High Performance Programme.

The WCL Division 3 tournament will see Bermuda pitted against Uganda, Nepal, Italy, USA and Oman.

Uganda (21st) is the highest ranked team according to the ICC’s world rankings going into the tournament.

Bermuda will face off with Uganda, who are ranked third in the ICC Africa region, in their opening WCL Division 3 match at the National Sports Centre (NSC) on Sunday.

Bermuda has been an ICC Associate member since 1966.

Oman is the sole ICC Affiliate represented in the WCL Division 3.

Injury doubt Jekon Edness

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Published April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 25, 2013 at 7:19 am)

Wicketkeeper Edness facing fitness battle

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