The last time Bermuda played Denmark, it was the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. In the first round match, Denmark reduced Bermuda to 159/6, put unforgivably allowed Bermuda to score 90 more runs as they batted out their 50 overs, Lionel Cann smashing them to all parts of Cliftonville Cricket Club with an 18 ball innings of 41.
Bermuda eventually won that game by 93 runs. Had Denmark won, they would have finished second in their group and thus qualified for the 2007 World Cup and gained ODI status. Starting tomorrow in Brøndby, Denmark have a chance to make up for that defeat, and perhaps give them a boost as they begin preparation for Division Two of the World Cricket League in Namibia later this year.
Since the ICC Trophy, Bermuda have shown themselves to be undoubtedly the worst of the six associates with ODI status, and they won't be helped by a weakened side for their European jaunt. Rather unsurprisingly, Glamorgan have not released their captain David Hemp. Indeed, only four of their World Cup squad (Irving Romaine, Stephen Outerbridge, Dwayne Leverock and the aforementioned Lionel Cann) are available for this trip. World Cup squad member Malachi Jones would be playing if it were not for the Americas Under-19 Championship which he will be playing in along with Rodney Trott and Stefan Kelly who will join the squad for the Irish leg.
The Danish side is Frederik Klokker ,Carsten Pedersen,Michael Pedersen, Max Overgaard, Thomas Hansen,Lars Hedegaard, David Borchersen,Henrik Hansen,Niels Peter Kopperholt, Bashir Shah, Zishan Shah,Hamed Mohammad,Rohit Kanaria, Anders Rasmussen, Baljit Singh, Yasir Iqbal, Gerrit Müller. Freddie Klokker captains the side but there is doubt that Gerrit Müller, Zishan Shah and Anders Rasmussen will play due to injuries. They will have a fitness test prior to the matches.
The four previous meetings between these sides have all gone the way of Bermuda, with the exception of the first meeting back in the 1986 ICC Trophy, but with the weakened, much changed Bermuda squad this time round, I can't see this going any way other than two Danish wins, which won't bear well on Bermuda's hopes when they come up against much tougher opponents in the form of the Netherlands and Ireland on this European tour.