National Sports Centre ground improving
A game between a Bermuda Select XI and Trinidadian club side Ciclo Preysal was the first top-level game played at the National Sport's Centre on a grass wicket since the West Indies and Barbados in September 2004. The last game there, against the West Indies, saw the pitch in such a "dustbowl" condition that Bermuda fielded three spinners, and Dean Minors struck on the head by a ball from Mervyn Dillon that was pitched on a good length.
The groundsmen at the NSC have used the technique becoming increasingly common in the UK of spraying PVA glue on the pitch to help hold the soil together for longer. The pitch seems to be playing well, and provided consistent bounce throughout the match.
Whilst the ground meets most of the requirements to be approved to host official one-day internationals by the ICC, the one problem has been the quality of the soil. Testing of various soil samples from across the island has shown that Bermuda does not possess any soil with the ICC-required clay content for international pitches. The Ministry of the Environment is currently in the process of investigating whether it woulld be possible to import soil from overseas without having a negative impact on the local eco-system.
Bermuda is currently the only one of the six associate ODI status nations without an ICC-aproved ODI status ground. Whilst the ground may not be ready to host ODIs anytime soon, this is an important step on the road to Bermuda being able to play ODIs at home.