Canada v Bermuda, Toronto, 2nd day August 25, 2005

Tuckers and Minors give Bermuda hope

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda 125 and 209 for 5 (Tucker 65*, Minors 50*) lead Canada 207 (Bagai 76, Leverock 4-46, Mukuddem 4-52) by 127 runs

Bermuda are down but not out © ICC
An unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 94 between Janeiro Tucker and Dean Minors gave Bermuda a fighting chance of victory at the end of the second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie against Canada in Toronoto. While the Canadians remain favourites, the partnership at least delayed a victory which had seemed in the bag shortly after tea.

Canada extended their first-innings lead to 82 despite losing Ashish Bagai early on after he had added four to his overnight 72, with the burly Dwayne Leverock mopping up the tail, finishing with 4 for 46.

Bermuda struggled when they batted again, slipping to 22 for 3 before Clay Smith, who had top scored in the first innings, stopped the rot with a dogged 45. When he fell, Bermuda's lead was only 34, but Tucker and Minors led a spirited recovery as Canada's bowers tired. The pitch remains good, and offered little help to their four spinners who toiled away for more than 50 overs between them at a cost of 94 runs.