Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
Bermuda slumped to a 138 run defeat in their four-day Intercontinental Cup match against hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
After the early dismissal of makeshift opener Azeem Pitcher for nought had set the tone for the innings, the UAE attack, led by the opening duo of Irfan Ahmed (three for 35) and Qasim Zubair (two for 35) and second change bowler Eshn Silva (two for 48), breezed through the Islander's order that folded in pursuit of the 282 runs needed for victory.
Skipper Irving Romaine tried to hit his team out of trouble with a typically robust 32 off 40 balls in 71 minutes while tail-ender Kevin Hurdle also lashed out lower down the order with a whirlwind 31 off a mere 19 balls.
Opener Rodney Trott (14), deputizing wicket-keeper Jason Simons (23) and teenage all rounder Malachi Jones (24) were the only other batsmen managing double figures before the Islander's demise was completed in the 40th over on a strip that yielded 1,046 runs over the course of the match.
Earlier, pace ace Hurdle grabbed three wickets to restrict UAE to 449 all out after the hosts had resumed this morning at of 409 for seven.
Hurdle made the breakthrough when he collected the big scalp of UAE skipper Saqib Ali, who slammed 142 off 259 balls, the third century of the match, to trigger a late slide as the hosts' last three wickets tumbled for the addition of 40 runs inside ten overs.
Hurdle finished with overall match figures of ten for 139, by far his best showing to date in the competition, while young Jones claimed an equally superb four for 84 in UAE's second innings.
The result leaves Bermuda, who return home this week, anchored at the bottom of the Intercontinental Cup standings having played their quota of matches for this year.