August 14, 2008


Bermuda host Namibia

Will Luke

Bermuda are to host Namibia for their next Intercontinental Cup fixture on September 3 at their National Sports Centre (NSC). Click here for the full story.


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Posted by Chris S on (September 6, 2008, 19:07 GMT)

And so said, so done. Bermuda all out for 195 with their batsmen only scoring 173 of those runs and Namibia gifting 22 of those runs (including 16 no balls!) - extras being Bermuda's joint second highest scorer. Well played by Namibia and a semi-decent effort from Bermuda. Given Bermuda's continuing woes though in spite of far more funding on per person basis than probably any other associate and a good few test teams, it seems like Bermuda won't place in the top 6 in the World Cup Qualifier unless they really focus - that would probably put their Intercontinental Cup spot in jeopardy as well as their opportunities to play in the World Twenty20 via future World Twenty20 qualifiers among the top associates. Good luck to Namibia in the final and better luck next time to Bermuda.

Posted by Chris S on (September 6, 2008, 8:42 GMT)

And surprisingly Bermuda have managed to push the match into the fourth day, however (unsurprisingly) their chances of winning are next to nil. Namibia seems to be entirely comfortable having scored 320 over the first day and the early part of the second. Bermuda made a promising 91/1 by the end of the first day, but then squandered their remaining 9 wickets for all of 84 runs for only the first third of the third day. That gave Namibia time to bat again and extend Bermuda's target (which was already 146 by the time Bermuda's last wicket fell) to 299 for victory. Now Bermuda are on 21/1 going into the fourth and final day still needing 278 more runs with 9 wickets in hand. They should have time to achieve the target since they have all of day 4 with plenty of wickets, but if Bermuda manage to go above 150-180 runs (200 tops probably) it will indeed be surprising. Best of luck to both teams anyway and may the better team win.

Posted by Chris S on (August 25, 2008, 0:01 GMT)

A win? Bermuda don't even a multi-day cricket competition anymore (replaced by a twenty20 competition as outlined in cricinfo earlier this year or late last year). Bermuda may have form in 50 over games, but I doubt they will be able to hold up against Namibia for 4 days.

Posted by Simon Butler on (August 17, 2008, 22:51 GMT)

This should be a good contest, Bermuda have shown some signs of form and Namibia haven't played a match in the Intercontinental Cup for a few months. I won't be surprised to see Bermuda pull a win out of the hat here

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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