WCL Division 1: Canada v Bermuda
It. Is. OVER. The double-Ds of Davison and Dhaniram cleaned up the tail neatly. First Davison took Borden, caught and bowled with his first ball. Then Dhaniram picked up Mukuddem and Leverock lbw on consecutive balls. Bermuda 106 all out (15.5 overs) and Canada pick up a win by 56 runs. REally great bowling effort from Dhaniram finishing on figures of 2.5-1-10-4 and he should be MOTM in my books. THe only effort that could potentially trump him woudl be Davison's batting. In any case, Canada pick up their first win of the WCL!
9:56 am EST
SUNIL DHANIRAM! A double-wicket-maiden is great in any form of cricket, but in this super short game it is spectacular! After Irving Romaine was run out in the previous over, Dhaniram comes on and catches Tucker lbw and then gets Jones to edge one to Bagai - all of a sudden Bermuda are struggling at 89/7 after 12 overs, with a run rate over 8. Dont' count them out though, everyone in this Bermuda lineup can whack the ball! Seems the spinners are having better luck with the ball as Codrington just finished a 5 run over. Bermuda 94/7 after 13, RRR of 8.62
9:48 am EST
This one is getting interesting. The required run rate is still around 7 (actually, exactly 7), but another wicket is down as George Codrington comes through gettin David Hemp out stumped. JJ Tucker is their last real batsman, and he is in now. Looking like a similar innings to Canada's - quick early, slowed by wickets, the big question is if one of the early batsmen can go the distance like Davison did. Bermuda are 86/4 from 10 overs.
9:30 am EST
Henry Osinde just picked up a huge wicket, bowling Lionel Cann. He has been the cause of most of the destruction, scoring 41 of Bermuda's 64 runs thus far (off just 19 balls). Perhaps I have been too critical of Anderson Cummins, as he is bowling very well so far. Bermuda have now reached 70/3 after 7 overs, RRR = 6.64. Trouble for Canada
9:15 am EST
This is Twenty20 for you (technically Twentyone21). Bermuda pick up another heap of runs, Canada pick up a wicket. Smith caught by Dhaniram off Cummins, and after 4 overs Bermuda are 34/2. Still a very balanced match, with the RRR sitting on 7.64
9:05 am EST
Canada's third match of the WCL, against Bermuda is currently underway from the Nairobi Gymkhana. With heavy rain the previous night, the outfield was far too wet to permit any play until the afternoon. As such, the match has been reduced to a 21-over-a-side match rather than the usual 50. Eddie Norfolk, for one, believes the match should not have been played at all as there are still some puddles in the outfield, and the boundary had to be moved in at one point to exclude a "swamp" as he called it. Nonetheless, the match is being played.
Bermuda won the toss and put Canada in to bat first. Skipper John Davison did what this blogger has been saying he should do for a while - drop himself to third in the batting order. It worked, as he amassed 70 runs off just 49 balls. Nobody was really able to help him out, but he led Canada to a respectable total of 163/8 off the allotted overs. The best bowler was Malachi Jones who took 2/25 off 5 overs.
In reply Bermuda are 16/1 after 2 overs. They started with a bang, a 6 and a 4 in the first over, but then much-beleaguered Anderson Cummins induced a Minors edge to Bagai in the second. Stay right here for the latest.