I had to back myself, says big hitter Bremar
Steven Bremar backed himself to deliver with the game on the line during Bermuda's dramatic final-over triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 Sub Regional Qualifier decider against the Cayman Islands in Argentina at the weekend.
The middle-order batsman thumped an unbeaten 26 from 14 balls and dominated an 18-run seventh-wicket stand with Charles Trott that carried Bermuda over the line with a ball to spare at the Belgrano Ground in Buenos Aires.
The match and the tournament title hung in the balance with Bermuda requiring 18 runs for victory off the final over.
Taking matters into his own hands, Bremar scored a boundary off the second ball of the over off seam bowler Conroy Wright and then scampered through for two runs off the next delivery to keep the strike.
He then struck back-to-back sixes over the mid-wicket and long-on boundaries to end the game in a flurry.
“Going in [to the final over], I knew it was going to be a tough task,” Bremar said. “The game was on the line, but I always felt I could do it. There's always the possibility. You just have to back yourself and take it on.
“I just had to make up my mind and let them know that it was either going to be me or him, and it worked out for us.
“The bowling was very tight but I just kept my eye on the ball and let it go. That first boundary really eased the pressure off. It was wide and one of my favourite shots inside out. Once that went to the boundary I knew everything was possible after that.”
With 11 now needed for victory off of the final three deliveries of the match, Bremar went into overdrive.
“The first six I took about two steps outside of my crease and took it off a good length and just went at it hard,” he said. “With two balls left I figured I'd rather go after the first one so if I miss it we still have another chance to get the six.
“As soon as it came off the middle I knew it was six — and it is still going.”
Bremar rates his match-winning innings as his best.
“This is No 1,” he said. “This was a big tournament and a big thing for the country, and we needed it as a whole for the country.
“It feels great when you achieve any objective you set out. It means we have worked hard as a team and listened to the advice of our coaching staff.
“It's an honour to represent your country. It means everything to me and I feel that I have adjusted well to this level, with it being much tougher physically and mentally.”