Smith draws on positives from tough trip
Clay Smith believes he can draw positives from his team’s preparation trip to Toronto despite Bermuda losing all four of their matches.
The coach’s young team lost their final game yesterday against Toronto Select by 207 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method as they look ahead to the ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in California next month.
“The games so far have been very challenging,” Smith said. “As a team we have achieved some of our goals that we set for ourselves, which is positive.
“Obviously with us having to select our final fourteen in late September these games are like trials, so we are merely giving players exposure to see who can handle the pressure of playing at a higher level.
“The higher the level, the less room for error. For a young squad that has an average age of 22, I think they have acquitted themselves quite well.
“This tour has shown us where we have to improve as we’re still putting the pieces of the puzzle together so we can be prepared fully for October’s qualifiers.”
Bermuda lost their opening match last Friday against Canada High Performance by two wickets after posting 228 in 44.3 overs. Canada replied with 230 for eight in 43 overs.
Middle-order pair Dion Stovell and Kamau Leverock led the batting with 54 and 70 after Okera Bascome and Terryn Fray put on 40 for the first wicket.
Stovell and Leverock added 116 for the fifth wicket, taking the score from 78 to 194 as Stovell hit seven fours and a six and Leverock nine fours before he was bowled.
Delray Rawlins, batting at No 4, scored 25 from five fours. Mark Monfort claimed five for 34 and Varun Sehdev three for 25. After being 40 for four in their reply, Canada recovered with a 93-run stand for the fifth wicket, which involved captain Simantha Wijeyeratne who scored 119 not out. Leverock, who shared the new ball with Greg Maybury, took four for 38 and Maybury two for 52.
The next day Canada’s High Performance batted first and posted 257 all out in 49.2 overs. Bermuda replied with 204 all out in 45.5 overs to lose by 53 runs. Monfort and Parveen Saroye both scored 71 with Saroye not out. Monfort hit eight fours before Rawlins trapped him lbw.
Rawlins led the Bermuda bowling with four for 45 while Jordan DeSilva claimed three for 33 and opener Cejay Outerbridge two for 34.
Bermuda slumped to 204 all out despite an opening stand of 85 between Rawlins and captain Terryn Fray. Rawlins scored 52 from 53 balls, hitting eight fours and a six before he was trapped lbw, while Fray scored 45 from 74 balls with five boundaries.
Dennico Hollis, batting at No 3, helped Bermuda move along to 132 for three with 32 before the touring side were pegged back to 157 for five when he was out, caught and bowled after Bascome and Stovell both went cheaply. Leverock and Brian Hall offered some resistance in the middle order before Bermuda slumped from 188 for six to 204 all out.
Bermuda’s third loss came on Tuesday, going down by five wickets to Mississauga Ramblers. The island managed 143 in 39 overs with Hall the top scorer with 47 not out. He and Dion Stovell, who scored 35, helped them recover from 52 for five.
Mississauga were also struggling in their run chase, 68 for five after 17 overs, before Vinodh Suresh, 49 not out, and Nihal Ajithumar, 22 not out, completed the run chase with over 20 overs remaining. Maybury took two for 38 and Stovell two for 25.
• St George’s will make two long trips to the West End hoping to finish their season on a high with wins on Saturday and Sunday at Somerset Cricket Club.
On Saturday, St George’s take on Cleveland County in the play-off match to determine which team plays in the Logic Premier Division next season.
Cleveland finished second from bottom while St George’s clinched second place in the First Division.
On Sunday, St George’s take on Somerset in the First Division Twenty20 final at 11am, which was postponed on May 7 because of rain. Somerset are looking to complete the double having already won the league.
The top-flight T20 final at 3pm pits Southampton Rangers against Bailey’s Bay in a repeat of last year’s final which Bay won by 21 runs.