Canada v Bermuda, Intercontinental Cup, King City August 13, 2006

Bermuda boosted by middle order

Cricinfo staff

Bermuda 333 for 9 (Tucker 71, Romaine 68, Mukuddem 56, Bhatti 4-91) v Canada

Strong performances from the middle order gave Bermuda a solid base on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup meeting with Canada at King City. Janeiro Tucker top-scored with 71 and the captain Irvine Romaine made 68 after Umar Bhatti handed Canada early openings with the new ball.

Bermuda's openers didn't last long as Bhatti struck twice in his first spell but Romaine and Clay Smith added 99 for the third wicket. However Bhatti returned and had Smith caught behind then Romaine also fell with the total on 120. Bermuda were quickly 135 for 5 and back in difficultly, but Tucker and Saleem Mukuddem gave the innings its second stabilising partnership by adding 73 for the sixth wicket.

Bermuda's total was given a further boost by a handy lower-contribution from Lionel Cann, who struck 48 off just 40 balls. Mukuddem faced 179 balls before falling lbw to Bhatti, his fourth wicket after 28 overs of hard work. Canada will need to wrap the innings up swiftly on the second day before trying to match the effort in their first innings.