Josh Ball, The Royal Gazette
It is not often that Bermuda will be able to blame the rain for thwarting them, but yesterday in their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia, it was the only thing that stopped them from batting themselves into a good position.
Having dismissed the visiting side for 320 in the morning, they began chasing down the runs in a confident manner, only to be stopped in their tracks by a storm that ended the day just before tea.
It would be unrealistic to expect the home side to be able to win this game, their lack of quick bowling has seen to that. But now, rather than watching Namibia march to what some considered an inevitable victory, we have a game on our hands.
Some of the credit for that must go to the Bermuda batsmen, who applied themselves better yesterday than they have in the past. But some of the blame must also fall on the Namibia bowlers, who bowled too short, too wide, and too loose to really bother the home side.
In truth, as strong as Namibia's batting is, it was as weak as their bowling was yesterday, and the likelihood of them taking 20 wickets over the course of the match is as remote as it appears to be for Bermuda.
The rain too means that this game appears destined for a draw, and will have been of particular frustration to the home side who were rattling along at 91-1 and in complete control before it arrived.
Jekon Edness (36) and Chris Douglas (14) were largely untroubled by the Namibia attack, and Edness' two straight sixes back over the head of Sarel Burger only served to underline the lack of a threat.
Namibia didn't help themselves a great deal, bowling eight no-balls in the opening four overs, and only Kola Burger, who trapped Oronde Bascome (25) leg before had any joy.
How Bermuda must be ruing the loss of Ryan Steede and George O'Brien. While Steede's injury, picked up on Wednesday while fielding, is unfortunate, O'Brien's seems to have been entirely avoidable. There is a suspicion that the Police bowler was carrying an injury prior to last weekend's Eastern Counties final, a game in which he lasted just two overs before having to come off.
If that is the case then he should have been prevented from playing in Saturday's game, and rested to prepare for this, a much more important occasion.
It maybe that he would not have been fit anyway, or may have been injured during the match. Or he could have bowled and given Gus Logie's side a chance of pulling off an unlikely win.
As it was, he wasn't fit to play, and in the first hour yesterday the game was taken away from the home side.
There was a strange sense of deja vu about that first hour. Much like the first hour of the second day against Scotland, Bermuda could only watch as Namibia added 40 valuable runs to their overnight score.
From 280-9 overnight, Sarel Burger (86) and Louis Klazinga (30) took their side to 320, and it was Klazinga, the last man in, who did the most damage.
His batting stance, which resembles someone who has spent six hours on a horse and can no-longer walk, is one of the ugliest in cricket, but it's remarkably effective against slow bowling.
And with only Stefan Kelly as a recognised pace bowler, Bermuda were again forced to call upon their spinners from the beginning. Burger and Klazinga took full advantage adding runs at a reasonable pace, and while 280 would have been a good total, 320 is a lot to ask for a Bermuda side that is still prone to collapsing at a moments notice.
In the end Dwayne Leverock was able to stop it being more, finally having Burger caught at first slip by Lionel Cann.