August 18, 2007

Bermuda

Bermuda U-19s qualify for 2008 World Cup

Andrew McGlashan
Ramon Sealy of Cayman Islands receives the Player-of-the-Tournament award from Hon. KR (Randy) Horton, Minister for Sports, Bermuda, Under-19 Americas Qualifiers, Toronto, August 19, 2007
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Bermuda Under-19s recorded a narrow 13-run win over Canada and, in doing so, have qualified for next year's U-19 World Cup. Bermuda set Canada 195 to win from their 50 overs but they slipped to 181 for 9, with Malachi Jones picking up 3 for 37.

After being asked to bat on a bright sunny day in Toronto, Bermuda got off to a solid start before Kevin James (3 for 23) and Arsalan Qadir (3 for 24) began to make inroads. From 35 without loss, Bermuda slumped to 57 for 4, and it was a fifth-wicket partnership of 46 between Khiry Furbert, the wicketkeeper, and Malachi Jones (33 from 49) which began their recovery.

The real rescue hero though was Stefan Kelly, the allrounder, who ended unbeaten on 52 from 55, adding a crucial 79 for the seventh wicket with Furbert. With Canada boasting a powerful batting lineup, 195 was most gettable. Ruvindu Gunasekera began in sublime fashion with 31 off 42 balls, including five fours, and he was given good support by Chris Manohar (40 off 70), with whom he put on 55 in 13 overs.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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