Royal Gazette – A day of high drama at the ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament ended with Bermuda requiring a sporting miracle to avoid relegation to the lowest realms of international cricket.

Summary

  • A four-wicket defeat today by the previously winless Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu means last-placed Bermuda will not only have to beat host nation Malaysia heavily in their final round-robin match on Saturday to avoid relegation, but will require help in the other matches.
  • Returning to the scene of their nadir in Malaysia — the 189-run thumping by Uganda on Tuesday having done as much as anything to put Terryn Fray’s side in a deep hole on net run-rate — Bermuda could amass only 181 for nine in their 50 overs and then succumbed to a rearguard action inspired by a 42-year-old former South Australia batsman who had a right hip replacement less than eight months ago.
  • Shane Deitz, the Vanuatu player-coach, launched early celebrations for his birthday tomorrow with an unbeaten 71, having come to the wicket with his side 22 for two in the fifth over and in the grip of the impressive Bermuda off spinner Dion Stovell.
  • Bascome was out for one to the fifth ball of the match, and Leverock fell three overs later for 12 from 11 balls in the first over of spin to leave Bermuda 18 for two.
  • With 12 runs to win off the last two overs and five wickets in hand, they fell two runs short to lose by one run as Uganda captain Roger Mukasa took the responsibility to employ his own off spin for the first time in the match and accounted for four wickets — two by run-out.


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