Squad named for Canada matches

O'Brien back to lead Bermudan attack

James Whittaker

June 7, 2008

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Fast bowler George O'Brien is back in the Bermuda team to face Canada later this month. He has been named in a 15-man squad for the one-day-series and four-day Intercontinental Cup game against the Canadians in Toronto.

As well as recalling O'Brien and Oronde Bascome, two players who have had run-ins with the board in the past, the selectors took the unusual step of naming those players that had been left out for failing to attend training sessions. Among them were Rangers skipper Janeiro Tucker, St. David's spinner Delyone Borden, Somerset captain Jacobi Robinson and PHC's Jason Anderson.

Lionel Cann, who has said he is available to play but cannot commit to the training schedule, was omitted as was pace bowler Kevin Hurdle, whose work commitments have prevented him from training.

England-based seamer Stefan Kelly will miss the three one-day matches on June 28, 29 and July 1 but will join the squad for the four-day game, starting July 4. Stephen Outerbridge and Jekon Edness, Bermuda's other UK-based stars, will be in the squad for all four games.

Irving Romaine retains his place as skipper and promising young off-spinner Rodney Trott, who captained the Under-19s at the youth World Cup in Malaysia, will make his competitive debut as vice captain.

Kyle Hodsoll, McLaren Smith and Tamauri Tucker, all of whom played alongside Trott in Malaysia, are also in the squad.

Sammy Robinson, who made his return to the national squad at the Stanford 20-20 tournament and big-hitting Police batsman James Celestine are also included, while regulars Ryan Steede, Dwayne Leverock and OJ Pitcher complete the squad.

Bermuda squad Irving Romaine (capt), Rodney Trott, Stephen Outerbridge, Jekon Edness, Stefan Kelly, OJ Pitcher, Dwayne Leverock, Ryan Steede, James Celestine, McLaren Smith, Tamauri Tucker, Samuel Robinson, George O'Brien, Oronde Bascome, Kyle Hodsoll.

Reserves: Dennico Hollis, Chris Foggo, Arthur Pitcher.

The following players have not attended training and therefore not considered for selection: Janeiro Tucker, Malachi Jones (subsequently withdrew), Delyone Borden, Azeem Pitcher, John Woolnough, Jacobi Robinson, Dion Stovell, Jason Anderson, Glenn Blakeney (Glenn informed the board that he is available to join the programme after the four-day game against Scotland), Nakia Smith and Fique Crockwell.

This article is taken from the Bermuda Sun

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