On the first day at of the U19 World Cup Qualifiers in Toronto, Bermuda got off to a rolling start with a 195-run thumping of Bahamas. Strong batting coupled with inadequate bowling from the Bahamas led them to a formidable total, and the Bahamian batting proved no match.
Bermuda got off to a good start for their innings, driven primarily by Steven Bremar who batted along at approximately a run a ball through the first hour of play. His 68-run first wicket partnership with Terryn Fray was the best one on the day for Bermuda, and set the foundation for what would be a very strong innings. Bremar came to an unfortunate end when he played over the top of a full toss from Cory Fraser, which clattered into his off stump.
Most of the rest of the Bermuda lineup were unable to score many runs for their side, until Dennico Hollis stepped to the crease. He cameto the crease with Bermuda in some trouble, sitting at 141 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. He started slowly, and increased his tempo throughout his knock, partnering well with the other lower-middle order batsmen. He brought up his 50 off 66 balls (and in 77 minutes) with a towering 6 over long on. He batted on through the innings, ending on 76 not out.
But without a doubt, the story of the innings was the wayward bowling of the Bahamas. Wayward is not a strong enough word to describe it, to be honest. A whopping 53 wides were conceded by the bowlers, as part of 68 total extras gifted to Bermuda. Johnathan Barry was the worst offender, but there were no excuses for any of the bowlers for the performance they put in. Ironically, Barry was the top wicket-taker for his side, sending 4 Bermudian batsmen back to the pavilion. But at a cost of 71 runs from 10 overs, it was hardly worth it.
Bermuda finished their innings on an even 300 runs for the loss of 8 wickets, and it was always going to be a difficult total for Bahamas to chase down. After a promising opening partnership between Johnathan Barry and Marc Taylor, which put on 38 runs for the first wicket, the match quickly escaped the grasp of the Bahamas. The batsmen batted as though they were saving a test rather than chasing 300, and it was never going to be a close game from that point on.
After some patient batting against the seamers, the spinners came on and quickly eliminated all resistance. From 96 for 3, the Bahamas were bowled out for 105 runs in just 37.4 overs. The top scorer was captain Gregory Taylor, but his 24 runs was not nearly enough for his side. Tamauri Tucker dominated with the ball, bowling 6.4 overs and taking 6 wickets while conceding just 9 runs. Rodney Trott chipped in as well, with figures of 9-2-14-2.
In the end, Bermuda won by 195 runs and moved themselves to the top of the table after day 1 of this tournament.
In the other game, the Cayman Islands bowled out Argentina for just 126 runs, from 28.1 overs. Augusto Mustafa top-scored for the Argentine side, making 34 runs before being bowled by Sacha di Alvarez. He was in good company being removed by di Alvarez, as he went on to take 5 wickets for just 16 runs. The Cayman Islands then chased the total authoritatively, scoring 128 for no loss from just 18.4 overs - an impressive run rate of 6.86. Ramon Sealy led the way for the Caymans with 76 not out, including 11 boundaries and one maximum.Tomorrow's action sees Bermuda take on the Cayman Islands, while Canada meet Argentina. Stay with CricketEurope for exclusive LIVE coverage of the ICC U19 Americas World Cup Qualifiers from Toronto. Tomorrow we will have the live scorecard for Canada v Argentina, along with score updates of Bermuda v Cayman Islands.