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Bermuda cricket team thrash Nigeria in warm-up game

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Bermuda thrashed Nigeria by 53 runs in a warm-up game at the Tolerance Oval here yesterday ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.

Bermuda rattled up 171 for five off 20 overs after winning the toss with opener Okera Bascome top-scoring with 49 off 35 balls and Deunte Darrell making 47 off 25. Captain Dion Stovell struck 25 off 27 balls and Kamau Leverock hit 23 off 17. Off-spinner Daniel Ajeku was the pick of the Nigeria attack, taking three for 26.

In reply, Nigeria were dismissed for 118 off 19.5 overs, with seam bowler Leverock (2-14) and off-spinner Rodney Trott (2-26) ending with two wickets apiece. Bermuda are making their first appearance in six years at the T20 World Cup qualifier, which starts in Dubai on Friday.

At number 30, Bermuda are one of the lowest-ranked teams in the qualifier. Only, 37th ranked Nigeria, who are at the tournament at the expense of suspended Zimbabwe, are placed lower. Since 2010, Bermuda have plummeted to Division Five of the ICC World Cricket League.

Bermuda will play Hong Kong in their final warm-up game on Tuesday in Dubai before their opening Group A game against Papua New Guinea on Saturday. The Bermudians will then play Singapore on Sunday, Kenya next Monday, and Namibia next Tuesday.

Matches five and six will be against Scotland and the Netherlands, the top-rated teams in the group, at Dubai International Stadium. The play-offs for teams who finish in the top four in each group will begin on October 29, to determine the line-up for next year's 16-team T20 World Cup to be staged in Australia.


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