UAE v Bermuda, Intercontinental Cup, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day November 9, 2007

Hemp stands tall with unbeaten 174

Cricinfo staff

UAE 143 & 117 for 1 (Ali 76*, Aslam 31*) trail Bermuda 311 (Hemp 174*, E Silva 3-53) by 51 runs

Bermuda might have gained a first-innings lead of 166 over UAE, but most of their batsmen barely contributed. Once again, it was David Hemp who led the way with a fine 174, remaining unbeaten when Bermuda were finally bundled out for 311.

Bermuda's middle-order offered scant resistance against the UAE bowlers, which was a trend on their tour of Kenya last month. The tourists were facing capitulation when Dwayne Leverock fell to Arshad Ali at 163 for 8 - with a slender lead of 20 runs. In came Kevin Hurdle, more comfortable with a ball in his hand than a bat, who stuck with Hemp in a ninth-wicket stand of 132 - though he only added 26 himself.

Hemp was defiant in his unbeaten 174, helping Bermuda gain a sizeable lead of 166. Malachi Jones picked up the early wicket of Gayan Silva, but Arshad Ali (76) and Naeemuddin Aslam (31) led a steady reply as UAE finished 51 runs in the red on day two, with two more days remaining.