Cal Waldron bemoans early dropped catches in Hong Kong loss
Coach Cal Waldron tried to find some positives in Bermuda’s latest defeat, after winning the toss and opting to bowl against Hong Kong who smashed 313 for nine before sending Bermuda crashing to their heaviest defeat so far in Uganda.
The day before Waldron had defended the decision of the team to bat first in their first two matches against Kenya and host country Uganda. It was another good toss to win, but it did not go well for Bermuda, who put down early chances.
“So we get to the grounds, new pitch to play on, far more grass than the first game, skies are overcast and cloudy so we decide to bowl,” Waldron explained.
Waldron pointed to three early chances that went down, including that of top scorer Babar Hayat, who led the Hong Kong batting with 135 after an important stand of 83 for the sixth wicket with Shahid Wasif. They took the score from 177 for five to 260 for six as they kept the 300 target in sight.
“By the first water break, two out and three chances that went down,” Waldron said of the early missed chances.
“One was the century-maker who was on 33 at the time! He had the partnership of 80-odd that changed the game for sure.
“We bowled and fielded well, although in spurts, so I'm good with their application of the bowling plan. Although we made our highest score, batting started off badly when we lost our first wicket to a dubious call.”
That was the wicket of Dennico Hollis, who was given out caught behind when he expected to be awarded a wide. Hollis, who made one, had put on 24 with Dominic Sabir for the first wicket.
“And from there we never built any partnerships,” Waldron said. “We pretty much lost a wicket every four overs.”
Sabir led the batting with 34 while Steven Bremar in the middle order contributed 24, but there was not much more to suggest Bermuda would post a serious threat in the run chase.
“There were some good things out of today's match and there are still some things we need to continue to improve on,” Waldron said.