Leverock of Bermuda
struck a well played 38 against Canada, he is seen here batting
against the USA. (Photo by Shiek Mohamed)
Bermuda Annihilate Canada
August 18th, 2009
Once again, it was a splendid day for cricket at Gateway Cricket
facility in Brooklyn, New York, as Canada took on Bermuda in the
ICC Under-15 Cricket Tournament. As you may know, yesterday the
USA defeated Bermuda by one run in a thriller, the first match of
the present tournament. Today's game was the first for Canada and
the second for Bermuda.
It was a game in which Bermuda twice staged a revival to win by
a large margin. Canada, not to be undone, created their own revival,
at one stage of the contest. Bermuda occupied the crease first and
like yesterday's game, sent out Jonte Smith and Shaquille James
to open their account. With the score on 18 Smith gave an easy chance
and was caught off opening bowler Vidura Ratnayake for 2 runs.
Christian Burgess joined James and together took the score to 42
when Burgess was out caught off the bowling of Nitish Kumar for
14. Thereafter came a third wicket partnership of 53 between opener
James and Kaman Leverock. From 95 for 2, Bermuda slipped to 102
for the loss of 6 wickets. They were now in trouble of being bowled
out for a lower score than was projected. Many batsmen were out
as a result of poor shot selection.
maintained the pressure on the Bermudians with some crafty bowling,
varying their length and speed. The bowlers were supported with
some excellent fielding and catching by their teammates. A seventh
wicket partnership of 51 runs between Shea Pitcher and Kaman Leverock
appeared to have revived the Bermuda innings.
A Bermudian bowler (above) send down
one, while a Canadian batsman (below) evades a rising delivery.
(Photos by John Aaron)
At 153 for 7
wickets, Bermuda was well on their way to a score of about 170 to
180 runs. But Canada struck back and within the next two overs the
Bermuda inning ended, the remaining three wickets falling for the
addition of only 3 runs. They were all out for 156 with the last
two wickets falling in successive balls, both bowled by Vidura Ratnayake
who ended up with figures of 5 for 19 in 5.5 overs. The only other
effective bowler was Tru Mawosingh who got 3 for 14 for his efforts
from 5 overs, 2 of which were maiden. Two batsmen were run out.
Canada started their inning with the polished and hard-hitting opener
Nitish Kumar and Nikhil Dutta. Kumar was the star while Dutta played
the supporting role. The opening bowlers troubled them with fast
rising ball once in a while, but on the whole, they were comfortable
against both speedsters. Kirk Brown replaced pacer Winston Woodley
and in his third over bowled Dutta when the score was on 46 runs.
The 50 came up in the tenth over. The second wicket fell with the
score at 51, and from here on it was all a rapid downhill journey
for the Canadian batsmen. From 46 for 1 the inning ended at 84 runs,
9 wickets fell for the addition of only 38 runs. Only opener Kumar
reached double figures.This was Bermuda's second revival of the
In the Bermuda bowling department Kaman Leverock shone with 3 wickets
for 30 runs in 6.5 overs. Kamel Easton bowled 2 overs and 1 of which
was a maiden and took 2 wickets for 4 runs. Kirk Brown took 1 for
13 and 4 batsmen was run out. Leverock was deservingly adjudged
Man of the Match for his excellent performance, he topscored with
38 runs and took 3 wickets.
So far in this tournament, Bermuda have played 2 matches, with 1
loss and 1 win. USA have played 1 match which they won and Canada
1 match which they loss. Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19, USA takes
on their northern neighbor Canada which has been slated to be an