Scotland lose opener to Bermuda
Bermuda 149/7 (20 overs), Stovell 29, Goudie 2-0-16-3, beat Scotland 131ao (19.5 overs), Coetzer 37*, Berrington 29, by 18 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland’s World Cup Qualifying campaign got off to a stuttering start as Bermuda won by 18 runs in Sharjah on Wednesday (15 November).
Bermudan captain Janeiro Tucker won the toss and elected to bat first in relatively cool conditions for Sharjah.
Bermuda got off to a good start as Tre Manders and Dion Stovell took 14 runs from the opening over, followed up with 12 from the second.
The first wicket came for Scotland when a high catch was taken by Richie Berrington at gully to dismiss Manders for 7.
Stovell continued to throw his bat at the ball before he was caught on the boundary by Calum MacLeod for 29, leaving Bermuda on 48/2 in the 7th over.
Still the runs flowed, as Lionel Cann flicked three boundaries off his legs in the 14th over to move the score onto 94/4.
Allan Douglas announced his arrival at the crease by getting onto one knee and sending a Haq delivery into the stands. Malachi Jones too was on hand to ensure the runs kept on coming.
Wardlaw took two wickets in consecutive deliveries, but when the final delivery of the innings went over Murphy’s head for four, the Bermudans had set the Scots a target of 149 from 20.
It was 20 overs where everything seemed to go right for the Bermudans, with unorthodox shots making it hard to set a field to stem the flow of boundaries.
The Scotland reply got off to the worst possible start when Berrington dropped the ball at his feet and looked to run through for a single, only to see a direct hit run out Calum MacLeod without facing.
Things got worse for the Scots when Matt Machan was dismissed by Derrick Brangman who took a leaping one handed wonder catch, and the Bermudans were buoyant.
Berrington and Coetzer got the reply back on track with a partnership of 57 as Scotland brought up their 50 in the 6th over.
Berrington was then bowled looking to defend by Brangman. Coetzer and Robert Taylor then combined as Scotland looked to have a firm grip on the game.
However, Taylor was then bowled by Robinson for 26, and then the prized wicket of Coetzer, stumped for 37, swung the game back into the hands of Bermuda.
Wickets then came at regular intervals with the required run rate ever increasing; meant Scotland needed 22 from the final over with one wicket left.
Unfortunately for Scotland, the final over saw Carter dismissed LBW and an ecstatic Bermuda team claimed the win by 18 runs. Scotland must now look to bounce back against Afghanistan in their second match tomorrow at the same venue.
Afterwards coach Steindl commented, ““Today’s result is disappointing, it’s the nature of the game. To be fair to Bermuda they came out and played well, and were attacking with the bat and took their chances in the field, so at the end of the day that happens.
The key thing is that we move on from today and re-group and keep on believing what we are trying to do – which we’ve had success with in the past, so it’s import we focus on that and are ready to come out firing tomorrow.”
The game will be streamed live on the ICC website.