Denmark make it two from two
Bermuda and Denmark both claimed surprise victories on the second day of action at the ICC Trophy. Despite the absence of captain Clay Smith, Bermuda bounced back from its opening day defeat to Ireland to beat UAE by 30 runs at Lisburn.
Denmark produced the biggest shock of the opening two rounds in following up their opening day victory over Uganda with a comprehensive 103-run defeat of USA. Denmark took full advantage of batting first, intelligently stretching an aging USA side by working the ball around the field. Frederik Klokker carried his bat for an unbeaten 138 while Carsten Pedersen, the captain, contributed 64. In reply, the USA never recovered from a poor start and were all out for 177 runs. Klokker is due to travel to England for a trial with Warwickshire on Sunday night after performing well with the gloves in an earlier trial with the county side.
Bermuda were struggling against UAE on 158 for 7 when Lionel Cann hit an explosive 45 off 17 balls to lift them to 217 for 9. UAE collapsed from 67 for 1 to 84 for 6 and a 64-run contribution from Fahad Usman was not enough to bring UAE back into contention, as they went down by 30 runs. For a further report click here
Ireland maintained their positive start to the event with a comfortable 127-run victory over Uganda. Ireland's total of 231 for 8 was built on solid innings from Ed Joyce (40) and Eoin Morgan (39) with Andrew White top-scoring with 45. Uganda were quickly in trouble in their reply, slumping to 30 for 7. A 59-run contribution from Frank Nsubuga added a degree of respectability to Uganda's final score of 104 all out from 32 overs.
Colin Smith, Scotland's wicketkeeper-batsman, provided a perfect tonic to his teammates before returning to Scotland tomorrow for police duties during the G8 Summit. Smith top-scored in Scotland's seven-wicket victory over Canada, at Bangor, with 86 not out. After winning the toss, Scotland's bowlers took full advantage of the morning moisture in the fast pitch to restrict Canada to 189 for 8 in their 50 overs. A strong breeze dried out the pitch out by the time Scotland came to bat. Despite losing two wickets without scoring and a third with the score on 37, Smith and Fraser Watts, the opener, remained calm and safely guided their side to victory with Watts finishing on 81 not out.
Holland completely overwhelmed Oman in a totally one-side contest, winning by 258 runs. Bas Zuiderent hit 119 while Daan van Bunge made 92 as Holland scored 325 for 4. Oman were unable to deal with Holland's pace attack and crumbled to 67 all out.
Namibia's 98-run victory over Papua New Guinea was also convincing with JB Burger and Kola Burger both hitting half-centuries and Serel Burger grabbing three wickets. However the early part of Namibia's innings was a stuttering effort and at 129 for 5 they were grateful for Kola Burger's 58 from No. 9. This ultimately comfortable victory will be a boost to Namibia, one of the pre-tournament favourites, after their two-run defeat against Canada.
Sunday is a rest day in the ICC Trophy. There will be a full programme of six matches on Monday.