Bermuda saved by the rain

  • Manders scored 31 from 35 balls for Bermuda (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

The Bermuda High Performance team’s second game against a Canada Select squad yesterday was abandoned as a no result owing to rain.

The match ended prematurely with the Canadians closing in on victory at Malton Field.

Bermuda batted first in a contest that was reduced to 30 overs because of the weather, scoring 146 for nine in their allotted overs with the first three in the batting order — Osagi Bascome, captain Terryn Fray and Tre Manders — leading the batting.

Bascome, promoted to opener after scoring 22 not out at No 8 in the opening match on Tuesday, scored 26 from 34 balls and Fray added 29 off 56 balls. The pair put on 42 for the first wicket in 8.4 overs.

Manders joined Fray after Bascome’s departure and they added 48 in 11 overs before Fray was trapped leg-before. Manders scored 31 from 35 balls, with four boundaries, before he was out in the 24th over with the score 106 for four.

Janeiro Tucker added 16, but no other batsman reached double figures as Bermuda slumped to a modest total.

In reply, Canada scored 96 for four in 19 overs when the rain came again to end the match. Opener Ahmad Zai led the reply with 57 not out. No other Canada batsman reached double figures as the Bermuda bowlers fought back after the home side had an opening stand of 40 in 6.3 overs.

Charles Trott led the attack with two for 28 from six overs, while Chare Smith, who shared the new ball with Nirobi Mills, had one for 15 off four overs. Dion Stovell took the other wicket in his lone over.

The tour is part of a collaboration between the Bermuda Cricket Board and Cricket Canada.

“It is crucial for our players to have regular competitive fixtures,” Gershon Gibbons, the BCB High Performance chairman, said. “It has been no surprise over the last few years to see the rise of many Asian nations to the top tier, given the significant funding and competition opportunities that countries like Hong Kong, Oman and Nepal receive from the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council.

“We realised that we had to find a way on our limited budget to provide competition, and this series will assist Bermuda’s preparation for World Cricket League 4 and also help Canada prepare for WCL 2, both of which are anticipated in the first half of next year.”

Bermuda close out the tour today with their third match against Canada Select at King City Cricket Ground.