The Royal Gazette masthead Bermuda 235-8 Canada 239-5

Bermuda's lack of bowling depth again cost them dearly as they suffered their fourth straight one-day defeat of the current African tour against Canada today.

Having posted a respectable 235 for eight in their allotted 50 overs, including a half-century from top scorer David Hemp (55), Bermuda were unable to defend that total as Canada romped to a five-wicket victory thanks mainly to man-of-the-match Sunil Dhaniram who plundered 63 off 42 balls and an unbeaten 58 from Ashish Bagai.

Janeiro Tucker bowled superbly for Bermuda, taking two for 23 in 10 economical overs, while Dwayne Leverock returned one for 39 off 10, but the rest of the attack were woefully below par. Bermuda's efforts, however, weren't helped by the late withdrawal of pacer Kevin Hurdle who went down with a stomach bug shortly before the match, and a back strain suffered by Ryan Steede, who managed just four overs.

Hurdle's replacement, Stefan Kelly, was particularly wayward, giving up 33 runs in 3.5 overs, although he did snare the late wicket of Dhaniram, while the normally reliable Saleem Mukuddem conceded 52 off 10 overs and David Hemp 41 off eight.

Put into bat after losing the toss, Bermuda got off to a rapid start, thumping 54 off the first 10 overs, although opener Kwame Tucker fell in the very first over, fending a rising delivery from pacer Henry Osinde into the gloves of wicketkeeper Ashif Mulla without scoring.

But Dean Minors continued to impress in his new role as opener, lashing three fours and two sixes in his total of 37 while with Irving Romaine banged six fours and one six in a knock of 36 as the pair put on 71 for the third wicket.

After they departed it was left to Hemp (55) and Janeiro Tucker (27) to keep the scoreboard ticking over while Mukuddem contributed a valuable unbeaten 20, coming in at number eight.

Four-day skipper Clay Smith, Hasan Durham and Rodney Trott sat out the game.

Canada had lost their previous seven one-day internationals, including three to Bermuda, who in turn suffered a 3-0 whitewash to Kenya earlier this month.

Bermuda can make amends today when they take on Netherlands at Sedgars Park here in Potchefstroom.