Canadian Cricket

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Canada v Bermuda - Day 1 Report

There wasn't a cloud in the sky at the Maple Leaf CC today as Canada and Bermuda met to begin their Intercontinental Cup match. Canada won the toss, and surprisingly chose to field first. Captain John Davison was hoping the track would be a good one for his opening pace bowlers Henry Osinde and Umar Bhatti.

The day started very well for the Canadian pace attack. Both of the openers were gone within 10 overs, both caught off Bhatti's bowling - Bermuda were just 21-2. But then the captain Irving Romaine and former captain Clay Smith did what captains are supposed to do - they stabilized their side. Romaine and Smith played a patient partnership which amounted to 99 runs for the third wicket and was puncuated by a 26 run over off of the normally stingy Osinde. Shortly after lunch, Romaine cracked his bat while playing a shot. The new bat was brought by the 12th man, and the next ball from Osinde was edged through to wicketkeeper Ashish Bagai. Bermuda looked as though they may collapse, as the Smith proceeded to fall to Bhatti before another run could be scored. After Minors was caught off Davison's bowling for 135 total, Bermuda needed a stabilizer again. They found it in Saleem Mukuddem.

Mukuddem scored 51 himself, putting up partnerships of 83 with Janiero Tucker and 65 with Cann. Canada's bowlers could not get any purchase on what turned out to be a very straight wicket, and Bermuda patiently built themselves a good total. Only when the new ball was taken could Canada's pacers come back in to the attack and take two wickets in the last 14 overs. The final over of the day provided some excitement. First Mukuddem was caught lbw by Bhatti. Then Kevin Hurdle hit an absolutely stunning 6 which flew over the clubhouse. On the last ball, Hurdle looked to be caught in front, but the umpire denied Bhatti the five-fer with a shake of the head. It would seem that the point is moot, as Bermuda have reportedly declared shortly after stumps were drawn.

So ends the day, leaving Bermuda a favourite to take the first innings points, if not the match. Canada will need to get contributions from all their batsmen and make a concerted effort to build an innings rather than succumbing to the poor shotmaking they did in the last ODIs against Kenya. The weather forecast calls for sunny skies all day tomorrow, meaning we will most likely get in the full 96 overs. Monday and Tuesday will have scattered showers, but hopefully we can still reach a result in thei fine match.

2 Comments:

  • Keep the updates comimg!
    I am surprised Canada sent Bermuda into bat considering Bermuda's best bowlers are spinners in Leverock and Borden. I am sure the pitch will be more conducive to spin on the last day making a run chase difficult.

    Thanks for hte updates

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 PM  

  • I'm surprised at the decision also. I think perhaps Canada were fearing a nervous, poor batting performance and didn't want to be embarrassed. IN any case, we'll see what tomorrow brings, perhaps it is just a good batting pitch.

    By Blogger JWilly, at 9:16 PM  

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