Youthful Uganda humiliate Bermuda's old guard
Uganda 253 (Olwenyi 68) beat Bermuda 210 (Cann 73) by 43 runs
Bermuda's problems continue to grow by the day, and after being given a scare by Uganda on Sunday, they were handed a convincing drubbing by them in the second of two warm-up one-dayers at Nairobi's Sir Ali Muslim Ground.
The margin of defeat - 43 runs - flattered the Bermudans. At one stage they were 18 for 5 chasing 253, and only a spirited 73 from Lionel Cann saved them from complete humiliation. Even for a team which has been embarrassed many times over the last year, this was a new low.
That should not take anything away from an enthusiastic Ugandan side. Stuck in by Bermuda, they batted sensibly, building their innings round a patient 68 from Joel Olwenyi, their captain, who put on 106 for the first wicket with 18-year-old Arthur Kyobe. Without the steadying influence of a rested Dwayne Leverock, Bermuda's bowlers were unable to stifle the runs, and they added to their own problems by gifting 18 wides. They did bowl Uganda out, but the last few wickets fell in pursuit of quick runs in the final overs.
Within a handful of overs Bermuda had self destructed. Kenneth Kamyuka and Danniel Ruyange grabbed two wickets each and, aided by a run out, Uganda had the match almost wrapped up before the veneer was off the ball.
Cann and Janeiro Tucker took the score to 91, and then Cann and Rodney Trott briefly gave Bermuda a sniff of hope in a seventh-wicket stand of 74. But the horse had already bolted and they were too far behind the clock to mount a serious challenge.
"We usually like to bat first when we win the toss but we know Kenya often elect to bat also, so we thought we would use the match to give ourselves a run chase," explained Irving Romaine, Bermuda's captain. "But our early order batsmen collapsed. I thought Stephen Outerbridge was unlucky as he didn't play at the ball when the umpire gave him out caught behind. I also thought my lbw was a little suspect, but that's no excuse."
What should worry Bermuda and encourage Uganda is that while Bermuda's average age is 27, Uganda's is under 23. The oldest Ugandan player is 27. Seven of the Bermuda side are over 30. It is not hard to see where the future lies.