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Bermuda players' commitment questioned

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April 17, 2011

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Dion Stovell made a quickfire 77 to put Bermuda's chase on track, Bermuda v Namibia, Dubai, April 12, 2011
Dion Stovell produced one of the few good knocks for Bermuda in WCL Division Two, getting 73 in a losing cause against Namibia © International Cricket Council
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Bermuda's performance in the recently-concluded World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Dubai is 'unacceptable' for a team that qualified for the 2007 World Cup, former Somerset bowler George Breamer has said. The Bermuda team has come in for much criticism after a poor show resulted in a last-place finish out of six teams, and subsequent relegation to Division Three.

"We were way on top of the cricket world but these guys have degraded Bermuda. This is a national disgrace," Breamer told the Bermuda Sun. The cricketers have no one else to blame but themselves for coming up short in Dubai, he said. "It's got to be a lack of concentration, discipline and application. The common sense doesn't seem to be there."

Former St George's Club wicketkeeper Dennis Wainwright questioned the players' commitment. "We don't have players with the commitment anymore and this is where we are lacking," he said. "A lot of the players are on the team for the trip and I'm very disappointed because I expected us to win at least two matches." Bermuda won just one of their six matches in the tournament.

"The coach can only do so much. When you get on the pitch this is where you have to use the things you have been taught," Wainwright said. "You can have the best names on paper but if the players are not prepared to give 100% then we are lost."

Wainwright also criticised the batting approach. "Everybody wants to hit the ball to the boundary but you can only do this on smaller grounds or when the bowling is weak. When the bowling is tight you have to learn how to run between the wickets."

The demise of Bermuda cricket has more to do with an overdose of limited-overs cricket in the country, former fast bowler Lee Raynor said, leaving the players with no chance to learn the game's fundamentals. "[Limited] Overs cricket seems to have confused everybody," he said. "This is a very sad day for Bermuda cricket, especially for our youngsters coming through."

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Posted by   on (April 18, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Commitment, simply that. We had blamed coaches in the past, but I, as a cricket lover here in Bermuda, have seen the slow decline in commitment to all the sports in Bermuda by players and so called coaches! Gone are the days of the C. Parfitt, Raynors, Mr. Wainwright, Clay Smith, and yes even Dean Minors. What we need now is the right leadership. Not talking about the Board, but the parents of the youngsters of the years to come. Teach your children the importance of respect, concentration, discipline and application.

Posted by Meety on (April 18, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

Bermuda need to be integrated into the W.Indies competition & be available for selection. Too small to go anywhere otherwise, 2007 unfortunately a fluke.

Posted by nyn1999 on (April 17, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

bermuda cn be a gud team.....but they hav a weak or almost non existent dometic structure

Posted by   on (April 17, 2011, 15:54 GMT)

With a population of just 60000 Bermuda have achieved great lengths by reaching the World Cup in 2007 and remaining in HPP for next 4 years. With a limited pool of players it will be very had to achieve the same quality of players that helped them reach the world cup.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

Glad, that they are'nt asking for an overhauling of the entire system..!If the players don't give their 100% the administrators cant be blamed.

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