Josh Ball, The Royal Gazette
At some point Bermuda coach David Moore might have to start ignoring positive individual performances and start worrying about overall results.
That time could be rapidly approaching, especially as the good parts of Bermuda's most recent encounters were heavily outweighed by the bad.
Two Twenty20 thrashings at the hands of West Indies HP and Canada on Saturday, by eight wickets and ten wickets respectively, were easily the worst national team performances of the season.
The Bermuda squad - the strongest one available - contains a healthy dose of inexperienced and fringe players. And one of the purposes of this tour was to see who could step up, and who couldn't, and Saturday's results will have helped the Australian move closer to knowing which players are worth persevering with.
Newcomers Dion Stovell and Jason Anderson certainly did enough to suggest that they can play on the international stage, and Anderson's wicketkeeping was such that he is probably the Island's first choice in that position now.
Delyone Borden too, even after a less than convincing domestic season, has shown what most people already knew, and he adds greater depth to a spin attack that is already pretty good.
However, even given the make-up of the Bermuda team, playing a Canada side preparing for next year's World Cup and a West Indies squad of future Test stars, the performances were dreadful.
In the combined 36.4 overs that Bermuda batted over the two games, they managed to score just 152 runs, losing 18 wickets in the process.
Their opponents, meanwhile, needed just 26.5 overs to win, losing only two wickets, both West Indies batsmen, one of whom was a run out.
"We clearly didn't bat well," said Moore. "We played some poor shots, we took some poor options, and we don't really bowl consistently sometimes.
"What I was most disappointed with was (the fact that) we played so well in the 30-over game, and then we played poorly in two 20-over games.
"Unfortunately, little pieces of positive cricket doesn't add up to a winning performance. We are getting some individuals who are actually ticking a few boxes but we aren't putting that all together.
"At no stage have I seen everyone play to their full ability in any game that we have played. Since I've been in charge we've had two century makers (Irving Romaine and Janeiro Tucker) in the batting, which isn't quite good enough."
Not that Moore doesn't think there weren't some positives to come out of the game, it's just that they failed to outweigh the negatives.
"I thought our energy in the field was good, some of our bowling was very good. Obviously our spinners on this wicket have been very good, so I think there are some positives," he said.
"I think some of the batting has been positive as well, I thought Crockwell batted really well in the first game, I thought Stovell and Anderson showed that they aren't out of place at this level. Of course, they have things they have got to work on.
"I thought our running between the wickets is improving, I think those things are positive. I think Anderson's keeping has been good and the bowlers have tried very hard.
"So now, it's a matter of taking it a bit further."
There were some mitigating factors in Bermuda's favour on Saturday, the state of the Malton Cricket Club wicket being the biggest. Slow, docile and with wildly inconsistent bounce, it was barely fit for club cricket, let alone an international tournament.
Of the four games played on the ground by the end of Saturday afternoon, the highest individual score was David Hemp's 78, and the biggest team total was the 172 that West Indies scored in the same game on Wednesday.
The second biggest total was the 153 for seven that Bermuda made in reply in that match.
According to a club official the pitch was laid just four months ago and the only reason the matches are being played at the ground at all was, according to a Cricket Canada source, 'politics'.
However, Canada and West Indies had to play on the same wicket.
Restricted to 93 for eight in their 20 overs against the Windies, Bermuda sometimes looked like they might make a game of it, especially as their opponents had been bowled out for 117 on the same wicket just two days previously.
Anderson (22) and Hemp (22) put on 43 for the third wicket after Anderson had been run out for nought, and Fiqre Crockwell (12) had been harshly given out lbw to a ball from Delon Johnson that looked like it was going down the leg side.
At 64 for three, Bermuda still looked like they might make a competitive total but spinner Keron Cottoy then came on and claimed three wickets for 14 runs and from 64 for two, Bermuda found themselves 69 for five. Borden got 11 valuable runs at the end, but 93 was never likely to be enough.
In reply, Moore's side were given a brief glimmer of hope when a mix-up between Rajendra Chandrika and Kyle Corbin led to Corbin being run out without facing a ball, and with just a solitary run on the board.
That was as close as Bermuda got as Chandrika (51 not out) and Devon Thomas (33) put on 84 for the second wicket, before Thomas was out to a tremendous over the shoulder, diving catch from Crockwell at long-on. But that wicket was nothing more than a consolation.
Against Canada, Moore made several changes, giving Kevon Fubler and Tamauri Tucker the chance to play.
Bermuda's batting in the second game was even worse than in the first. All out for 61 in 16.4 overs, only Stovell (14), Anderson (14) and Crockwell (11) made it into double figures.
Spinner Akshay Bagai did the damage for Canada, taking five wickets for just 10 runs, in four devastating overs.
Defending 61 was never going to be a realistic proposition, and once Rizwan Cheema had taken 15 off Fubler's first over, the game was as good as dead. In the end, Canada needed just nine overs to wrap up the win.
Note from editor: The two Canada v West Indies games on Sunday were washed out.