Bermuda U-19s qualify for 2008 World Cup
Bermuda Under-19s recorded a narrow 13-run win over Canada and, in doing so, have qualified for next year's U-19 World Cup. Bermuda set Canada 195 to win from their 50 overs but they slipped to 181 for 9, with Malachi Jones picking up 3 for 37.
After being asked to bat on a bright sunny day in Toronto, Bermuda got off to a solid start before Kevin James (3 for 23) and Arsalan Qadir (3 for 24) began to make inroads. From 35 without loss, Bermuda slumped to 57 for 4, and it was a fifth-wicket partnership of 46 between Khiry Furbert, the wicketkeeper, and Malachi Jones (33 from 49) which began their recovery.
The real rescue hero though was Stefan Kelly, the allrounder, who ended unbeaten on 52 from 55, adding a crucial 79 for the seventh wicket with Furbert. With Canada boasting a powerful batting lineup, 195 was most gettable. Ruvindu Gunasekera began in sublime fashion with 31 off 42 balls, including five fours, and he was given good support by Chris Manohar (40 off 70), with whom he put on 55 in 13 overs.
It was lucky 13 for Bermuda, as the partnership was broken in that over, and the combination of off Tamauri Tucker (2 for 17) and Jones (3 for 37), saw Canada stumble to 90 for 5, and suddenly Bermuda looked to be in control.
Rustum Bhatti threatened to take the game away from Bermuda but he was left stranded on 64 to spark Bermudan celebrations.
The other match at the Maple Leaf South-West ground was another close affair as Cayman Islands Under-19s secured a narrow two-wicket win against Bahamas Under-19s.
Chasing 213, Cayman Islands were coasting to victory with captain Ramon Sealy leading the chase with 66 off 77 balls, an innings which included 11 boundaries. However, they lost their way, losing four quick wickets for 15 runs and the score read 152 for 5. Robert Hewitt held the chase together with an unbeaten 25 and in the company of Corey Cato, the ninth wicket pair added 28 to attain the target. They had Mr Extras to thank as well as Bahamas conceded a whopping 42, including 31 wides.
Earlier, Sealy won the toss and sent Bahamas in to bat and the openers responded with a stand of 66, with Jonathan Barry scoring 58. Jerry Jesubatham and captain Gregory Taylor then chipped in with 41 and 30 respectively to push the score to 212. Cayman Islands too struggled to contain the extras as the bowlers sent down 26 wides, conceding 38 extras in all.