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News: Kenya eat Bermuda for lunch

What a thrashing…… chasing down the total in 18 overs without the loss of a wicket. Bermuda would have wanted such a scorecard against a big test team, not against Kenya. Bermuda is getting more and more hopeless by the day, being unable to stand up, and even be counted against Kenya.

Lets see how the rest of their tour goes.

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  1. TikoloBestAssocPlayer
    January 29, 2007 at 6:29 am

    what a great start by Kenya, who would have thought Ouma and Obuya would knock off those runs with ease.I expected kenya to loose those two wickets before they reached the target.Kennedy will not be missed if the two play well in this tournament.Varaiya’s economical bowling shows how he is a great find for Kenya….I dunno why there are no bonus points to be given in such one sided matches.

  2. Nishadh Rego
    January 29, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Ahh…When a country is getting everything Bermuda are in terms of money, coaching, and facilities..they simply should not be performing like this…people keep saying its lack of professionalism..but what exactly does this mean?

  3. Roland Ilube
    January 29, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Good observation and good question Rego. I was thinking the same myself. In this context I think of professionalism as something like “Doing the basics right”. I don’t think you can berate teams like Bermuda for not being talented enough, but with the time, effort and money being invested in them, you do expect them to; be proficient in the field, bowl a decent line and length (including a minimum of wides and no-balls), employ appropriate shot selection, and keep giving it 100% from “Play” to “Time”

    Are Bermuda meeting these minimum standards?

  4. January 29, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Lets wait and see how Bermuda performs overall in the tournament, and how Kenya goes about in the other games…..

    Bermuda almost always were on the back foot, because they arguably got the ODI status due to luck…………. one off victory over UAE, and the lack of a match against Namibia….. the luck worked out well…….. but they have not been able to transform themselves into a unit since that time……. I guess the professionalism etc. will come more in the next generation rather than in the current one, where the whole team is older than 32……… not much can change………

  5. January 29, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Tikolo,

    I agree. There should have been bonus points

  6. Ram
    January 29, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    hmmm….I guess nothing better can be expected from a team that consistently loses to club-level opposition on tours of West Indies or Emirates…Now, I really question the standard of Kenya A which is probably the same as Uganda’s, who recently lost to Bermuda in the warm-up game!

    If playing more and more cricket is going to do good for the health of the sport in other Associate countries, I guess not playing at all should benefit Bermuda a lot more than these pathetic thrashings…

  7. January 29, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Ram,

    You bring up an interesting point. Bermuda have toured West Indies 3 times, England, Kenya, Canada, UAE in 2006. They have also hosted a tour of a Trinidad champion side. They are the highest paid associate cricketers, and apart from Kenya, the only other associate to have full time contracts for their players.

    Yet nothing has worked for them.

    I guess it points out to the fact that if a team is not ready, it is not ready. No point in forcing them up the ladder.

    From an organization perspective they seem to be doing ok. Second only to Kenya in that regard.

  8. rego
    January 29, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe Bermuda need to be given a little leeway..after all even Scotland and Canada were pretty dismal in their first couple of matches in Kenya..It might just be the home conditions..

    On the other hand, it just seems that there is no competition for spots in the Bermuda team and players seem to be taking their selections very lightly..

    David Hemp has been utterly disappointing..for someone who averages above 30 in county cricket

  9. January 30, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Didnt Bermuda just complete a tour of Kenya a couple of months back in which they played 3 ODIs and a 4 day game? They should have a good idea about conditions coming into the tournament.

  10. Ram
    January 30, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, Bermuda did have a good idea of the conditions required for early exit from the tournament…

    A quick update on day 2: the Netherlands surprisingly defeat Canada without much sweat though their performance is again dominated by one Mr. ten Doeschate…Scotland engage in a thrilling last ball win over Ireland in a match far removed from the disgrace that was the Ken-Ber game…By the way, are these qualifying tournaments part of the ICC’s 8-year TV/sponsorship deal because I do think if this match was beamed live into the homes of Test nations (especially in the subcontinent), it would’ve attracted decent interest?!…

  11. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    April 6, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    No one ever mentions the fact that countries like Bermuda, Cayman Is. & Turks/Caicos Is. where cricket is very popular are all tiny countries, smaller even than nations that play as part of Leeward & Windward Is. (e.g. Antigua/Barbuda, Grenada, St. Vincent/Grenadines, St.Kitts/Nevis, St.Lucia, Dominica etc…). Yet these tiny nations are forced to represent themselves in world cricket. These nations are not only geographically part of the West Indies (moreso than Guyana which is in South America but with a Caribbean coast not a Caribbean island as such) but also culturally a part of the West Indies. Bermuda should be part of WICB & thus part of WI first-class structure. Furthermore, countries like Bahamas (clearly part of West Indies) & Belize (in Central America and on Caribbean coast and as such culturally very similar to Guyana) should also be part of WI cricket. In fact, WICB should have 2 new teams in its first class structure. They could be Northern Caribbean (Bermuda, Bahamas & Turks/Caicos combined) & Eastern Caribbean (Cayman Is. & Belize combined). In fact Suriname could also merge with Guyana in cricket terms so they do not miss out either. You would then have 8 teams in WI cricket and any player good enough to play Test cricket who comes from Bermuda, Bahamas, Caymans, Turks/Caicos, Belize or Suriname could do so for the West Indies. This may even strengthen WI cricket which has declined over recent years.

  12. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    April 6, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    I was meant to say Western Caribbean (Cayman Is. & Belize combined team).

  13. April 7, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Frank,

    We have discussed this topic on this blog quite a few times…..

    Bermuda, as far as I know, were part of the West Indies till at least the 70s…… then they were kicked out, either because of some fallout, or because of low standards….. i am not 100% sure on that……

    Why doesnt the ICC break up the WI? It is because according to the ICC, the individual countries cannot hold up to test statuses…… Jamaica, Guyana and T&T may have something to say about that, but the same logic should apply to smaller Islands as you mentioned…… I think it is asking too much of Bermuda etc to be able to become test countries to to be able to produce players of test class on a regular basis with their small playing numbers……. but the point is, that there was also a discussion on this exact topic in Bermuda media, and they voted that they want to play as a seperate team rather than a part of the WI……..

    Secondly, Bermuda govt’s interest would not have been the same I think if they were part of WI, as opposed to Bermuda playing independantly………

    Finally, WI cricket is always in some sort of an administrative problem…….. I dont know if they want to have more and more countries in the already existing conglomerate…….

  14. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    April 8, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Nasir,

    Bermuda was never part of WI cricket. This I know because their best ever player Alma Hunte was ineligible to represent WI because he was Bermudan (he played first-class cricket for/in Jamaica).

    I do not think WI cricket should be broken up as you suggest the ICC should do. Whether the Bermudan govt. wants it or not I still think it is ridiculous that Bermuda, Caymans, Belize, Bahamas, Turks/Caicos, Suriname represent themselves (esp. Caymans which were actually once part of Jamaica & represent Americas region in IC cup) when they are clearly West Indian nations who play cricket to a high enough level.

    I still believe that these teams would strengthen WI cricket.

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