Bermuda face Kenya in Nairobi tomorrow knowing that victory is a must to keep their hopes of qualifying for the ICC Intercontintal Cup finals alive.
A win tomorrow in the four-day game, which takes place at Nairobi, would leave Bermuda needing to beat the Netherlands in November and then hope for other results to go their way. Kenya, whose hopes of qualification for the final disappeared with their agonising 25-run defeat to Canada in August, will see this match as an important part of their preparations for major ODI events early next year, including the World Cricket League Division One and the World Cup in the Caribbean.
Bermuda's biggest boost is the inclusion of David Hemp, the Glamorgan captain who was born in Bermuda, whose experience in county cricket will give his side a tremendous lift. The new format in the ICC Intercontinental Cup means sides will play a minimum of three four-day matches in this tournament, increasing to seven four-day matches in 2007 and 2008 when it is hoped the event will be a full round-robin format.
Following tomorrow's match Kenya and Bermuda face eachother in three one-dayers at Mombasa on November 11, 12 and 14 - the first time Mombasa has hosted a one-day series following the ICC's decision to award the ground full ODI status.
Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Peter Ongondo, Maurice Ouma, Tony Suji, Tanmay Mishra, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Hiren Varaiya, Lameck Onyango, Jimmy Kamande, Collins Obuya, David Obuya, Rakeb Patel, Malhar Patel
Irving Romaine, Dean Minors, Janeiro Tucker, Saleem Mukuddern, Stephen Outerbridge, Hasan Durham, Dwayne Leverock, Clay Smith, Ryan Steede, Malachi Jones, Kevin Hurdle, Kwame Tucker, Rodney Trott, Stefan Kelly, David Hemp