Bermuda v South Africa, World Cup Qualifier February 18, 2008

Bermuda make 13 ... and lose in four balls

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South Africa 15 for 0 beat Bermuda 13 (Loubser 6-3) by ten wickets
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Bermuda were bowled out for a paltry 13 © ICC
 

Bermuda's women carved an unwanted niche in the international record books with one of the most abject performances in the game's history. In their opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers at Stellenbosch University, they were bowled out for 13 and then South Africa took only four balls to sweep to a ten-wicket win.

Bermuda's men haven't made much of a positive impact in the game either - eleven months ago, they conceded 413 for 5 against India in the World Cup and lost by 257 runs, the biggest margin in one-day history. But their women have just lowered the bar by several notches.

They crawled to 7 for 2 after ten overs, but that represented the high-water mark. By the time drinks were taken after 15.5 overs they were 13 for 7 and had lost their 42-year-old captain, Linda Mienzer, for a determined 1 off 48 deliveries. Such was the confusion that when play resumed the batsmen returned to the wrong ends.

The last three wickets failed to add to the score as Sunette Loubser finished with 6 for 3, including 5 for 1 in 12 balls.

Terry-Lynn Paynter opened Bermuda's attack but struggled to find the cut strip, conceding nine wides and a no-ball. Olivia Anderson did manage to reach one, which she dispatched for four.

The statistics of the match are mindboggling. Eight Bermudans failed to get off the mark, and the three that did only managed a single each. Ten of the runs that helped make up their meagre score were extras - 71%. South Africa's score of 15 for 0 was also made up of ten extras - nine wides and a no-ball. Anderson scored 50% of the runs scored off the bat in the match, and 80% of her side's runs.

Unfortunately for South Africa, but mercifully for the record-books, Bermuda's debacle does not count towards the official statistics because they are ranked outside the world's top ten countries. "I am disappointed that today's stats don't count for nothing," said Loubser, "but I would say it was a team effort to win the opening match of the tournament.

Bermuda's captain, Mienzer, tried desperately to put a positive gloss on the performance. "I am extremely proud and our team is very proud to be here," she said. "Just a year and a half ago there was no women's programme so we went to Canada and qualified to come here which is an achievement in itself. In terms of women's cricket in Bermuda, it has come a long way but we still have a long way to go."

South Africa's next match is against equally unheralded opponents, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday. "We are taking one match at a time and we are happy that we are off to a good start," said Loubser. "It should augur well for the whole tournament. We don't know anything about our next opponents, but that doesn't mean we should rest on our laurels. We should be ready for anything."

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  • SportySpice on February 20, 2008, 9:14 GMT

    It's a paid vacation for the officials and the team. It looks like. A waste of public money. If I was a Bermudan, I would be livid that all the good money spent on players who can't hold a back. The posters on this site who cannot see the playing of a farce and think it's a team starting out are missing the point completely!

    No one can be this bad! But on a second thought SA leting them bat for 15 good overs doesn't show incisive bowling anyways!

  • lordricha27 on February 19, 2008, 18:23 GMT

    That Bermuda qualified is a big achievement. Sure they were miserable today but if they get a good coach and get some cricketing experience, they can be a bit more competitive than this. But they can be proud of their achievements. After all,they got a chance to play against a top-quality team. The team should be a role model for girls in their country and inspire them to participate in sports.

  • 438434 on February 19, 2008, 17:27 GMT

    i think they should go ang play some list A & first class matches to work on their game after that performans these girls should quit before it's to late

  • McPiggle on February 19, 2008, 4:48 GMT

    No point in commenting on the cricket... there wasn't enough to make any meaningful assessment. But a word to "windiescricetfan"... we have it on good account that the South African women were bowling underarm... gentle lollies... but as you can see despite their trying to take pity on the Bermudian dames, even their pity failed miserably! :)

  • OriginalDaVe on February 19, 2008, 4:23 GMT

    doncrintonss is a little ignorant... 'You cannot blame the Bermuda team.Cricket isn't famous there.'

    Actually cricket is the most popular sport in Bermuda. They even have a 2-day national holiday for a cricket match. The problem is that they are just too small of a country to produce enough good cricketers.

  • Breathe000 on February 19, 2008, 2:48 GMT

    REgarding RajivGowers comment....hong kong played in the asian cup some 4 years ago 2....they werent that bad....id say if they played Bermudas mens team....theyd beat em

  • __PK on February 19, 2008, 1:38 GMT

    Windiescricetfan, you shouldn't say that. OK, it's completely true, what you say about South African cricket, but you still shouldn't say it. Poor Bermuda. This seems to be what you get when a nation with virtually no cricket history gets an unexpected financial windfall. The Bermudan Government threw lots of money at the men's cricket team, to prepare for the World Cup, and it's only fair that women's cricket gets more money, too. Unfortunately they have nothing worthwhile to spend it on.

  • HH_pink on February 19, 2008, 1:08 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha. PMSL. Gold. This is an amazing day for cricket, and Bermudian cricket in particular. They've come a long way? You've got to be kidding us ... if this is a "long way" then you still have not a long way but light years to go.

  • bkhan420 on February 19, 2008, 0:33 GMT

    I think the biggest losers in all this is South Africa, who must be feeling pretty sad that they had the highest score for Bermuda with 10 extras

  • fortheloveofthegame on February 19, 2008, 0:16 GMT

    Not long ago, everyone and their dog were complaining that bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play at international level.. They've come back to beat the best of the best.. and how refreshing is it?

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and if Bermuda can take a loss like that with a grain of salt what are the rest of you desk jockeys crying about? Can't blame anyone for trying!

  • SportySpice on February 20, 2008, 9:14 GMT

    It's a paid vacation for the officials and the team. It looks like. A waste of public money. If I was a Bermudan, I would be livid that all the good money spent on players who can't hold a back. The posters on this site who cannot see the playing of a farce and think it's a team starting out are missing the point completely!

    No one can be this bad! But on a second thought SA leting them bat for 15 good overs doesn't show incisive bowling anyways!

  • lordricha27 on February 19, 2008, 18:23 GMT

    That Bermuda qualified is a big achievement. Sure they were miserable today but if they get a good coach and get some cricketing experience, they can be a bit more competitive than this. But they can be proud of their achievements. After all,they got a chance to play against a top-quality team. The team should be a role model for girls in their country and inspire them to participate in sports.

  • 438434 on February 19, 2008, 17:27 GMT

    i think they should go ang play some list A & first class matches to work on their game after that performans these girls should quit before it's to late

  • McPiggle on February 19, 2008, 4:48 GMT

    No point in commenting on the cricket... there wasn't enough to make any meaningful assessment. But a word to "windiescricetfan"... we have it on good account that the South African women were bowling underarm... gentle lollies... but as you can see despite their trying to take pity on the Bermudian dames, even their pity failed miserably! :)

  • OriginalDaVe on February 19, 2008, 4:23 GMT

    doncrintonss is a little ignorant... 'You cannot blame the Bermuda team.Cricket isn't famous there.'

    Actually cricket is the most popular sport in Bermuda. They even have a 2-day national holiday for a cricket match. The problem is that they are just too small of a country to produce enough good cricketers.

  • Breathe000 on February 19, 2008, 2:48 GMT

    REgarding RajivGowers comment....hong kong played in the asian cup some 4 years ago 2....they werent that bad....id say if they played Bermudas mens team....theyd beat em

  • __PK on February 19, 2008, 1:38 GMT

    Windiescricetfan, you shouldn't say that. OK, it's completely true, what you say about South African cricket, but you still shouldn't say it. Poor Bermuda. This seems to be what you get when a nation with virtually no cricket history gets an unexpected financial windfall. The Bermudan Government threw lots of money at the men's cricket team, to prepare for the World Cup, and it's only fair that women's cricket gets more money, too. Unfortunately they have nothing worthwhile to spend it on.

  • HH_pink on February 19, 2008, 1:08 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha. PMSL. Gold. This is an amazing day for cricket, and Bermudian cricket in particular. They've come a long way? You've got to be kidding us ... if this is a "long way" then you still have not a long way but light years to go.

  • bkhan420 on February 19, 2008, 0:33 GMT

    I think the biggest losers in all this is South Africa, who must be feeling pretty sad that they had the highest score for Bermuda with 10 extras

  • fortheloveofthegame on February 19, 2008, 0:16 GMT

    Not long ago, everyone and their dog were complaining that bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play at international level.. They've come back to beat the best of the best.. and how refreshing is it?

    Everyone has to start somewhere, and if Bermuda can take a loss like that with a grain of salt what are the rest of you desk jockeys crying about? Can't blame anyone for trying!

  • lancer38 on February 18, 2008, 21:57 GMT

    For the record, football and cricket are national sports in Bermuda. The government has given both sports ridiculous sums of money. The problem is they are spoiled,lazy,and not interested in putting in the hard work required to succeed.Their idea of competing overseas is partying and having a good time.

  • paddles on February 18, 2008, 21:44 GMT

    the ultimate reason why womens' cricket should never be televised... the photograph on this page says it all - i had better footwork at the age of two - and the best team i managed was the Tweedsmuir Intermediate 4th XI!

  • Elrond on February 18, 2008, 21:33 GMT

    Could the answer to the 13 (and a NRRof 22) mystery lie in these numbers: 42, 40, 43, 40, 38, 44, 29, 37?

    A 16 yr old, a 19 yr old, and a 22yr old completed the eleven!

  • Elrond on February 18, 2008, 21:25 GMT

    A batting collapse can lead to a low score - though 13 requires special talent. But how did they hang in for 18+ overs?

  • WarVdm on February 18, 2008, 20:15 GMT

    Windiescricetfan´s comment is absurd. Were the SA team supposed to play in an unprofessional manner? Bowl to the Bermudans as if they were little kids? Don´t you think that that would have been a lack of respect towards the Bermudan team?? How can you blame a national team for bowling out another for a low score?? As I said, your comment lacks common sense.

  • throb on February 18, 2008, 19:27 GMT

    Just as well Bermuda batted first! Nothing worse than running around after a ball for 50 overs only to bat for 10 after. Who on earth did Bermuda beat in Canada to qualify?? The Blind eleven?

  • Manicd on February 18, 2008, 19:13 GMT

    "Drinks taken after fall of 7th wicket (15.5 overs). Batsmen went to wrong ends after the break. "

    That, taken from the added notes on the scorecard, is quite indicative of what's wrong here. Not only should the ICC not have allowed a team of that caliber to play, their coach probably should have spoken up and said something. All athletes know that it's never fun to lay a beating a dramatically weaker opponent and it's just not fair all around.

  • lancer38 on February 18, 2008, 18:57 GMT

    Bermuda must have the fattest,most unfit teams in the cricketing world.[male and female] This is ridiculous for a country where the weather for the most part, is conducive to several types of fitness regimens.

  • doncrintonss on February 18, 2008, 18:35 GMT

    You cannot blame the Bermuda team.Cricket isn't famous there.We should be happy that cricket is being played in all parts of the world

  • Akshayshah16 on February 18, 2008, 17:55 GMT

    this is not cricket man.... how can a team get out in 13 runs.. even when i play club cricket for 25 overs we make about 100-120 runs

  • Clyde on February 18, 2008, 16:06 GMT

    Their coach is to blame. That woman in the picture ought not to have been standing in front of the wicket. She should have been well to one side, leaning over, holding a bat in front of middle stump. As we have seen from Test cricket, even good bowlers can't hit one stump with any reliability. Wandering around on the wicket, waving the bat around as if they have been watching TV, is dangerous. It is terribly easy to get out caught or lbw. The first thing to learn in cricket is to take guard and how to scrape the mark on the crease. Then it's on to soft hands and so on, and eventually lifting the bat. Talk about the seven-league boots of these Bermudan women! Only the coach could have got them so impressed with themselves.

  • prague-bohemians-cricket-club on February 18, 2008, 15:59 GMT

    Every team can have a bad day, even the best in the world. As the coach of the Czech Republic only ladies team , i think its great that the ICC are putting time and effort into the womans game. In the end, its only a game, and we enjoy to play it. Getting the girls into playing cricket rather than just watching it, is a success in itself.

  • rajivgower on February 18, 2008, 15:40 GMT

    If you think this is bad, I just found out Hong Kong are playing in the Asia Cup later this year (mens). They play India in their first match. Good luck!

  • CaptainPedant on February 18, 2008, 15:35 GMT

    This takes ineptitude to a whole new level. Bermuda must struggle to find eleven women who've even heard of cricket, if their opening bowler can't even put the ball within reach of the batsman - that's primary-school incompetence.

  • vpadmana on February 18, 2008, 15:22 GMT

    Too funny!! The best part was the 9 wides and the one no-ball that made up 10 out of the 15 SA runs. SA women must have been so tired after that match. Good to see that the ICC hasn't lost their knack for organizing exercises in futility. Now they've added comedy to their routine. Nice... Very nice...

  • Kahaan on February 18, 2008, 15:00 GMT

    Thia is unfair to them. it is also their fault to though. How can you play a 42 year old person and keep her as you captain

  • dibbu on February 18, 2008, 14:31 GMT

    Hello, Does anyone know if US has a women's criekct team? I could certainly play a 547 times better! Hmmm... would like a new career ;-) If anyone has info, let me know. Thanks

  • foreigner on February 18, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    Just wish Ian Botham was doing the commentary on this game...he would have been overcome with mirth. Or something.

  • mygrain on February 18, 2008, 14:08 GMT

    windiescricetfan-why are you having a go at SA? Did you want them to play like muppets? What evidence is their to suggest they have reacted to this victory as if they had just downed Australia in the World Cup Final? Your jibe is directed at the mens teams methinks and while they may be chokers, they never overreact to victory. England on the other hand, who are far more desperate for victory than most sides..........Why are the Bermuda women allowed to complete at this level. Why do the ICC still allow Zimbabwe to be a member. Why is Kevin Pietersen so unlikeable etc etc etc

  • yamanverma on February 18, 2008, 14:02 GMT

    How specifically is it South Africa's fault that they get drawn against Namibia? And would another team, say the West Indies, have not played in exactly the same manner had they been capable of winning by such a margin? And because the choke on occasion against Australia means for some reason that they should be chastised for doing well against other teams? That's ridiculous Having said that Bermuda does have every right to be proud as there is no shame in losing to what is possibly one of the best teams in the world when you have had competitive cricket for as little time as the Bermuda women have. Kudos to them, and to South Africa for a professional performance

  • Indiangazza on February 18, 2008, 13:56 GMT

    Nonesense !! Look at that player holding the bat in the picture... my mother can hold it better. And I am surprised this is the strandard they managed after all the traininngs and qualifying in some tournament in Canada... I wonder what about those teams that did not qualify in Canada... what a joke !!!

  • Arsalan.I.Khan on February 18, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    I really dun think it is right to invovle such low standard team with team like south africa. I guess bermuda and other teams like them should be in lower grade cricket and when reach some level of maturity they should be upgraded and then should be exposed to better teams like saouth africa or australia.

  • cric_terreus on February 18, 2008, 13:45 GMT

    Windiescricetfan, I don't think SA had much of a choice here. Would you have had them start to bowl under-arm dollys at the 13/7 stage or maybe give the bermudans a second innings? And when it came there chance to bat, it was not as though they made the Bermudans bowl 10 extras. This was a poor display from a team that qualified fair-and-square. So far as I can see, SA didn't demolish anyone, the Bermudans demolished themselves and SA happened to be the other team who pitched up on the day. Sure, its not a game Bermuda will want to remember, but SA are certainly not to blame for this.

  • abdevilliers on February 18, 2008, 13:26 GMT

    No need to get overdefensive WI cricketfan. You can only beat who you playing at the time. And the SA womens team is not of a great standard anyway.

  • psamiss on February 18, 2008, 13:21 GMT

    Sounds like they were all a little bit rusty thats all. I am being asked to write more, so I am. Little bit more.

  • MattRen on February 18, 2008, 13:16 GMT

    This is one of the funniest things I've ever read - absolutely brilliant!!! Looking forward to Bermuda v Papua New Guinea later in the week...

  • N.a.N.u on February 18, 2008, 13:12 GMT

    South Africa is a ICC member rt? Why are they playing Qualifier? In Mens game South Africa doesn't need to play Qualifiers.

  • Ralph_McTell on February 18, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    How many would your local club side score against the Australian men's ODI team? They'd do well to get off the mark. The Bermudan women have achieved a great deal in getting women's cricket on the map there, and should be commended rather than scorned. Linda Mienzer has every right to be proud.

  • windiescricetfan on February 18, 2008, 12:48 GMT

    Well done south africa, throw a parade. You humilliated an amatuer team that probably is now starting out. Just like south africa. Take advantage of smaller teams and choke when the crucial moment comes against bigger teams.

  • dwayno99 on February 18, 2008, 12:47 GMT

    How the hell can a team this poor qualify for anything! There's a lot of complaining about the mens team in Bermuda at the moment but after this maybe they should stop complaining. Having said that 1 from 48 balls is a legendary performance that even I would struggle to replicate!

  • Andyboyo on February 18, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Are you sure today's date isn't April 1st as this surely ranks as one of the biggest jokes of all time!!!

  • Eashwer on February 18, 2008, 12:30 GMT

    Even our college girls would put up a excellent performance. Anyway, a record is a record and I dont think that even Bermuda themselves can beat this henceforth.

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  • Eashwer on February 18, 2008, 12:30 GMT

    Even our college girls would put up a excellent performance. Anyway, a record is a record and I dont think that even Bermuda themselves can beat this henceforth.

  • Andyboyo on February 18, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Are you sure today's date isn't April 1st as this surely ranks as one of the biggest jokes of all time!!!

  • dwayno99 on February 18, 2008, 12:47 GMT

    How the hell can a team this poor qualify for anything! There's a lot of complaining about the mens team in Bermuda at the moment but after this maybe they should stop complaining. Having said that 1 from 48 balls is a legendary performance that even I would struggle to replicate!

  • windiescricetfan on February 18, 2008, 12:48 GMT

    Well done south africa, throw a parade. You humilliated an amatuer team that probably is now starting out. Just like south africa. Take advantage of smaller teams and choke when the crucial moment comes against bigger teams.

  • Ralph_McTell on February 18, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    How many would your local club side score against the Australian men's ODI team? They'd do well to get off the mark. The Bermudan women have achieved a great deal in getting women's cricket on the map there, and should be commended rather than scorned. Linda Mienzer has every right to be proud.

  • N.a.N.u on February 18, 2008, 13:12 GMT

    South Africa is a ICC member rt? Why are they playing Qualifier? In Mens game South Africa doesn't need to play Qualifiers.

  • MattRen on February 18, 2008, 13:16 GMT

    This is one of the funniest things I've ever read - absolutely brilliant!!! Looking forward to Bermuda v Papua New Guinea later in the week...

  • psamiss on February 18, 2008, 13:21 GMT

    Sounds like they were all a little bit rusty thats all. I am being asked to write more, so I am. Little bit more.

  • abdevilliers on February 18, 2008, 13:26 GMT

    No need to get overdefensive WI cricketfan. You can only beat who you playing at the time. And the SA womens team is not of a great standard anyway.

  • cric_terreus on February 18, 2008, 13:45 GMT

    Windiescricetfan, I don't think SA had much of a choice here. Would you have had them start to bowl under-arm dollys at the 13/7 stage or maybe give the bermudans a second innings? And when it came there chance to bat, it was not as though they made the Bermudans bowl 10 extras. This was a poor display from a team that qualified fair-and-square. So far as I can see, SA didn't demolish anyone, the Bermudans demolished themselves and SA happened to be the other team who pitched up on the day. Sure, its not a game Bermuda will want to remember, but SA are certainly not to blame for this.