Tucker and Hurdle spare Bermuda's blushes
Bermuda 231 for 7 (Tucker 59*, Edness 41) beat Uganda 224 for 9 (Kishore 84*, Ruyange 50, Hurdle 4-40) by seven runs
Bermuda won their opening warm-up match against Uganda in Nairobi, but they were taken to the wire, eventually squeezing a seven-run victory.
Bermuda, whose form in the last year has been desperately poor, need good results in Kenya and the UAE, and they got off to a good start after winning the toss, Stephen Outerbridge and Jekon Edness putting on 83 for the first wicket. But then the innings lost its way as five wickets fell for 53 runs, Davies Arinaitwe and Frank Nsubuga picking up two each. Nsubuga's offspin was particularly effective on a slow pitch, his ten overs producing excellent figures of 2 for 24.
Janeiro Tucker led a middle-order revival, smacking an unbeaten 59, including five sixes, as Bermuda recovered to 231 for 7.
Kevin Hurdle struck twice in his opening overs to reduce Uganda to 7 for 2, and although they eased to 85 for 4, the game seemed beyond them. Nandi Kishore had other ideas, and with Daniel Ruyange he boosted the score to 170 before Dwayne Leverock broke the stand. The reintroduction of Hurdle was too much for the lower middle-order, and although Kishore kept blazing, the ask was just too much for Uganda.
Bermuda will be relieved to have avoided an embarrassing slip-up while Uganda will take great heart from an impressive performance. The two sides meet again on Tuesday (October 23).