May 30, 2010

Bermuda

Cayman Islands, Bermuda score victories

Siddhartha Talya

Cayman Islands thrashed Bahamas by 111 runs at the Southampton Rangers Cricket Club Ground in Bermuda after Bahamas put up another disappointing batting display. Chasing 272 to win, Bahamas were bowled out for 160 with no batsman making more than 30.

With extras and captain Gregory Taylor being the joint highest scorers at 28 runs apiece, Bahamas were never in the game. Cayman Islands offspinner Kevin Bazil took figures of 4 for 26 and was ably supported by fellow offspinner Alessandro Morris, who took 3 for 41.

Earlier, Cayman Islands were boosted by three half-centuries on a damp wicket from opener Ramon Sealy, Ryan Bovell and Ronald Ebanks to set a challenging total of 271. Player of the Match Sealy hit 11 boundaries during his 65 from 74 deliveries. Bovell and Ebanks then added 62 runs for the fifth wicket before Bovell fell for 52 from 56 deliveries. Despite a late collapse, Ebanks finished the innings unbeaten on 51 off only 39 balls with six boundaries and three sixes.

Bermuda crushed Argentina by a huge margin of 166 runs after Argentina folded for 116 chasing a stiff target of 283 at the Sea Breeze Oval.

On another cool day interspersed with showers, Argentina opening bowler Gary Savage scythed through the Bermuda top order to leave them struggling at 33 for 4. They recovered through a match-turning partnership of 186 between Janeiro Tucker and Irving Romaine. Tucker, back after announcing his retirement following Bermuda's failure to qualify for the 2011 World Cup and also recovering from knee surgery, smashed an astonishing 15 sixes on way to 136 from only 97 deliveries. Romaine made 77 off 86 balls, hitting seven sixes as Bermuda posted a daunting 282 for 6.

Like Bermuda, Argentina also lost their top order cheaply with Jordan DeSilva taking 3 for 12 off eight overs. Unlike Bermuda, though, Argentina never recovered from 26 for 4 as Jim West destroyed any hopes of a revival with 4 for 11 from five overs. As many as seven batsmen fell before they reached 10 as Argentina were dismissed in the 36th over.

It was USA's turn to face the rampaging Rizwan Cheema after Cayman Islands the day before. Cheema made short work of USA's total of 189, hammering an unbeaten century to lead Canada to a nine-wicket win with 11 overs to spare.

Cheema went after opening bowler Adrian Gordon - who had taken 4 for 38 against Argentina - smashing him for 42 runs off only four overs. At the other end, Cheema's opening partner Trevin Bastiampillai was in another world as he took 73 deliveries to make 27, but with Cheema in such a mood, he just had to ensure Canada didn't lose wickets upfront. Cheema hit ten fours and five sixes, finishing on an unbeaten 114.

Earlier, Calvert Hooper claimed 3 for 41 as USA were reduced to 65 for 5 and then 113 for 7. Rashard Marshall and Timroy Allen combined for a 68 run stand as USA sought to pass 200. However, both fell with the score on 181 to ensure that they finished well short of that mark.

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Posted by exuma on (June 3, 2010, 1:29 GMT)

WOW!!!. Bahamas 98 all out and Canada blasted it out of the park in less than 9 overs. I agree Canada is the team to beat, but not by an of these teams. Bahamas need to bat N Ekayanakye, higher at number 4 or 5, he is the only technically sound player in the team and drop over the hill, Atkison and M Ford who are both one dimension players; a swipe across the line to cow corner, regardless of where the ball is pitched. I guess the lack of first class cricket in the Bahamas is realy hurting the team. Hopefully they can sort out their administrative mess and the regular season can resume. The younger guys at the top of the order are struggling playing away from home,at lease you dont have to worry about being droped for poor performance, your garandpa will not drop his kin.

Posted by exuma on (June 3, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

It would be easy for Surinam to enter a team into the Guyana/Berbice tournament to help expose their players to a higher standard of cricket. Geographically they are next door neighbour but, the cricket standard is a wide devide. This holds true for most of the smaller countries, playing stronger opponents will improve their game. Purto Rico & Cuba are spanish countries and cricket is primarly played by people who are english speaking, however you may be right considering the great Grorge Headley was born in Panama, a spanish contry. Maybe the guys from the spanish countris will be more motivated than the bunch of jokers that are representing the WI now.

Posted by oz on (June 1, 2010, 1:17 GMT)

i would like to see the caymen islands teamed up with jamicia,bahamas with a team on thier own,suriname teamed up guyana,guadulope with leeward islands,saint maartin with the leeward islands intoduced into west indies domestic comp,guadalope has world class footballers like thierry henri and sunimane produced patrick kluivert and edgar davids so i dont see why the carnt produce world class crickets.

the samford 20/20 was great for west indies development,i would like to see the icc spend money building more cricket stadiums in the carribean so when touring sides tour they help develop cricket on new cricket playing nations in the carribean like st lucia,anguila and the british and american virgin islands.

they are currently playing to build a big bridge between suriname and guyana this will hopefully help the game grow in the carribean.

purto rica and cuba produce great baseballers so i dont see why they carnt produce great cricketers for the west indies

Posted by exuma on (May 30, 2010, 16:51 GMT)

Why did the Bahamas team bat NH Ekanayake at #9?. Topscorer in the prior game and now demoted down the order.It's good that it's a young team, building for the future, but the top order lack experience and need the senior players batting higher to buffer the youths.Again, no surprise that they foldes considering the 50 over regular season has failed to begin this year. Batting in the nets is good but, nothing beats actual match practice.

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