Manders clings on to hope for Bermuda
Arnold Manders, the Bermuda coach, is confident that Bermuda can put a halt to a three-game losing skid and make the play-offs at the World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates after their slim chances were given a boost by today's results.
Bermuda must win their final group B matches with Nepal tomorrow and Papua New Guinea on Sunday, and do so convincingly to boost their net run-rate, if they are keep their hopes of reaching the next stage of the competition alive.
Manders admitted that successive losses to the Netherlands, Afghanistan and Kenya have taken its toll on his players.
“The boys' confidence is a little bit down because of the recent results,” he said. “But hopefully they will be OK come tomorrow when we play Nepal who are just above us. If we beat them it comes down to our match against Papua New Guinea.
“Two wins will put us in and now it's up to the players to put everything in place on the field.”
Papua New Guinea's match with winless Denmark was rained out today and Nepal lost to Afghanistan by nine wickets in a match reduced to seven overs.
The outcome of those matches prevented Papua New Guinea and Nepal, in particular, from further distancing themselves from Bermuda in the hunt for a place in the play-offs.
“The results for the teams around us have provided us with a chance to still go through, although we thought it would work itself out to be like this,” Manders added. “We have beaten the ones below us so it is in our hands. But we know it won't be easy.”
Afghanistan, the group leaders, and second -placed Netherlands have already secured their place in the play-offs, with Kenya and Scotland having all but done likewise.