Bermuda humbled by Uganda
Uganda 222-7; Bermuda 108 all out
Bermuda got their Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 campaign off to the worst possible start after suffering a crushing 114-run defeat against Uganda at the National Sports Centre yesterday.
Set a target of 223, Bermuda came up well short in their run chase as their batsmen struggled to cope with a varied Uganda attack that bowled the ball in the right areas and lured their hosts into making costly errors.
Bermuda found themselves behind the run rate from the very start of their innings and they never managed to get on top of the bowling.
The hosts scored 27 runs during the mandatory 10-over fielding power play as the seam and off spin combination of Ugandan new ball pair Charles Waisa and Frank Nsubuga set the tone for the remainder of the innings.
The Ugandans’ energy and sharpness in the field hindered Bermuda’s running between the stumps (there were three run outs) while their bowlers consistently bowled to their field to make it difficult for the batsmen to pick the gaps and find the boundary ropes.
Left-arm spinner Henry Senyondo eventually made the breakthrough in the 16th over after removing openers Jason Anderson (13) and Dion Stovell (19) in the space of two deliveries, both batsmen falling prey to lbw decisions. And there would be no reprieve thereafter as the ball continued to dominate the bat and Bermuda’s batsman completely lost the plot.
Skipper Stephen Outerbridge (6) was run out cheaply before David Hemp (16) offered a simple catch at mid-off to leave Bermuda wobbling at 72 for 4 after 26 overs.
Hemp’s soft dismissal ignited a collapse which saw five wickets tumble in the space of 34 runs and 8.1 overs as the Ugandan bowlers tightened the noose and silenced the home crowd.
Treadwell Gibbons Jr went for a four-ball duck after Senyondo had him caught in the slips while the usually reliable Janeiro Tucker (13) was run out by seamer Roger Mukasa backing up at the non-striker’s end. Tucker was caught short of his crease after Mukasa deflected a Lionel Cann (22) on drive onto the stumps during his follow through.
Malachi Jones (four) and Rodney Trott (0) both made cameo appearances at the crease before top scorer Cann brought up the hundred in the 41st over with a towering six over the mid on boundary.
Bermuda’s innings finally ended in the 44th over when Jacobi Robinson (3) and Cann were removed in the space of six deliveries. Robinson, who was put down in the covers before he got off the mark, was caught at long on off the bowling of Nsubuga while Senyondo had Cann grabbed at mid off.
Teenaged spinner Senyondo led the Ugandan bowling with figures of 4-24 while seamer Mukasa had two for 15 from ten overs that included a maiden/wicket in his second spell.
Earlier, opening bat Arthur Kyobe (53) and middle order bat Nsubuga (51 not out) both stroked half centuries while wicketkeeper Lawrence Sematimba nudged 40 from 80 balls to see the East African team to a safe total after electing to bat on a decent track.
Next high man was the 35 runs Bermuda gave away in extras that included 29 wides. Fast bowler Greg Maybury tossed down the most wides (10) including six in his first over bowling into the wind from the southern end of the ground.
Maybury eventually found the right line to bowl and made the breakthrough in the fourth over when he had Arthur Ziraba (1) held by Tucker at first slip on the way to a maiden/wicket.
Bermuda’s bowlers did well to contain the Ugandan batsmen in the middle overs before some late fireworks from Nsubuga put the match beyond the hosts’ reach. The number seven batsman’s 29-ball knock contained five fours and three sixes as Uganda plundered 79 from the final 10 overs.
Trott (2-34) was the pick of the Bermuda bowlers.
Bermuda will now look to turn their fortunes around when they face Oman today (10:30am) at Lords in their second WCL Division 3 round robin match.
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