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Coach Niraj Odedra clings to small victories after ‘unfit’ Bermuda get another hiding

Charles Trott led the Bermuda batting with 45 against host nation Jersey at the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B yesterday (File photograph)

Grainville, St Saviour (Bermuda won toss): Jersey (2pts) beat Bermuda (0) by 206 runs

Coach Niraj Odedra highlighted the positives in Bermuda’s humbling defeat by Jersey at the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B yesterday.

Bermuda were made to rue sending their hosts to bat as they piled up a colossal 381 for five in their allotted 50 overs with minimum fuss.

Bermuda managed to avoid being dismissed by a thread but came up well shy having posted 175 for nine in reply.

However, despite being outclassed by their opponents, Odedra says there were positives his players can take away.

“Small step towards improvement, batting all 50 overs,” he told The Royal Gazette.

“Bowling, still lot of room for improvement. But we had back-to-back matches and our fitness level is down and very poor, so to get something out of players we need cricketers who are super fit. Something we need to look at seriously and what we need to work on in the off-season.

“Overall vibe is still OK after three losses. But we need to do better by bowling sides out under 200 to win matches. That will only happen if we bowl right line and length with lots of discipline.”

Bermuda have leaked in excess of 300 runs in all three of their defeats in Jersey, losing to Italy by 185 runs in their tournament opener and by 119 runs against Hong Kong on Sunday.

Yesterday’s loss to Jersey was also the national team’s twelfth in 13 outings in Challenge League B.

Openers Harrison Carlyon (72) and Nick Greenwood (64) laid the foundation for a total ultimately far beyond Bermuda’s reach as they added 136 for the first wicket.

Greenwood was the first to reach a well-deserved fifty off 47 balls, driving Charles Trott on the front foot through the covers for a single in the fourteenth over.

Carlyon reached the milestone in the next over off 38 balls after scampering through for two runs off Zeko Burgess.

Carlyon survived a chance when he was dropped off the bowling of Trott on 58.

Leg spinner Cameron Jeffers finally made the breakthrough in the nineteenth over when he dislodged Carlyon attempting to cut.

Bermuda struck again in the next over when Trott removed Greenwood.

However, a 155-run stand between teenagers Asa Tribe (101) and Josh Lawrenson (74) put Jersey firmly back in control for good.

Tribe, whose fifty came off 48 balls and hundred off 85, included nine fours and a six. He also added 71 with Jonty Jenner, who fell one shy of a fifty when he was bowled by Kamau Leverock, the pick of Bermuda’s bowlers with two for 81.

Bermuda found themselves reeling at five for 55 in the eighteenth over with recognised batters Leverock (0) and Terryn Fray (26) back in the pavilion as an all-too-familiar scenario unfolded.

Bermuda’s middle and lower order fared much better, with Dominic Sabir (29), Steven Bremar (20), Trott (45) and Burgess (22) offering more resistance to delay the inevitable.

Trott and Burgess produced the island’s biggest stand of 55 before the former was dismissed slog-sweeping to deep square leg trying to bring up Bermuda’s first individual fifty in Challenge League B for three years.

Carlyon led the Jersey attack with two for 14, while Anthony Hawkins-Kay claimed two for 26.



H Carlyon c Leverock b Jeffers 72

N Greenwood c Tomlinson b Trott 64

J Lawrenson c Tomlinson b Burgess 75

A Tribe lbw b Leverock 101

J Jenner b Leverock 49

B Stevens not out 1

J Sumerauer not out 4

Extras (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 5) 15

Total (5 wkts; 50 overs) 381

†J Dunford, D Blampied, C Perchard and A Hawkins-Kay did not bat.

Fall of wickets: 1-136, 2-144, 3-299, 4-370, 5-377.

Bowling: Leverock 10-0-81-2; Darrell 8-0-72-0; Trott 10-0-53-1; Burgess 8-0-78-1; Jeffers 10-0-60-1; Sabir 2-0-19-0; Hollis 2-0-9-0.


T Fray run out 26

S Burrows c Blampied b Hawkins-Kay 5

D Hollis c Sumerauer b Hawkins-Kay 9

†Z Tomlinson run out 1

*K Leverock c Tribe b Stevens 0

D Sabir c Tribe b Perchard 30

S Bremar c Dunford b Carlyon 20

C Trott c Lawrenson b Carlyon 45

C Jeffers c Tribe b Blampied 6

Z Burgess not out 22

J Darrell not out 0

Extras (lb 2, w 10) 12

Total (9 wkts; 50 overs) 175

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-38, 3-50, 4-50, 5-55, 6-102, 7-103, 8-120

Bowling: Sumerauer 6-0-18-0; Hawkins-Kay 7-1-26-2; Perchard 6-2-18-1; Tribe 9-1-29-0; Stevens 10-2-36-1; Blampied 6-0-33-1; Carlyon 6-0-14-2

Umpires: R Asher (Oman) and S Wood (Ireland).

Third umpire: A Harris (England).

Other match

Farmers Cricket Club Ground, St Martin, Jersey (Italy won toss): Kenya 295-7 (50 overs; R Patel 113); Italy 271 (48.2 overs; D Samarawickrama 62, Jaspreet Singh 56). Kenya (2pts) beat Italy (0) by 24 runs.



Hong Kong 12 9 2 0 1 19 1.135

Jersey 12 9 3 0 0 18 1.488

Uganda 12 9 3 0 0 18 0.715

Kenya 12 4 7 0 1 9 -0.017

Italy 13 4 8 0 1 9 -0.483

Bermuda 13 0 12 0 1 1 -3.286

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Published August 09, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated August 09, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Coach Niraj Odedra clings to small victories after ‘unfit’ Bermuda get another hiding

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