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25 JAN 2006
Royal Gazette Interview with National Team Coach Gus Logie
By Sam Stevens - The Royal Gazette ------> Gus Logie strolled into Bermuda Cricket Board�s headquarters on Cedar Avenue having just returned from yet another lunch time session with his national squad. With preparation for the upcoming tour to Dubai in full swing, the players have been forced to squeeze in a net whenever they can get time off work � making Logie a hugely busy man as he rushes back and forth between his office and the National Sports Centre to accommodate their varied training needs.
21 JAN 2006
2006 Domestic Season to get a face lift
The 2006 domestic season will under go several changes, the season is schedule to start on the weekend of April 15/16. The 50 over league will play twice the amount of games they did last year and the effective June all games will be played in coloured clothing and white balls.
20 JAN 2006
Cricket cash bonanza
By Sam Stevens "The Royal Gazette" --------> Bermuda cricket is $100,000 richer this morning following yesterday�s fleeting visit by billionaire Texan financier Allen Stanford. Flying in on his private jet and accompanied by four West Indian cricket greats in Lance Gibbs, Andy Roberts, Ian Bishop and Richie Richardson, Stanford was here to launch his new Stanford 20/20 tournament which begins in late July in Antigua and to outline his broad vision for the urgent regeneration of West Indian cricket.
20 JAN 2006
Injured Clay still waiting for surgery
By Sam Stevens of "The Royal Gazette" -----> Injured Bermuda captain Clay Smith is still awaiting the all-clear from his insurance company before flying out to Colorado for surgery on his troublesome left knee. Speaking to The Royal Gazette yesterday, Smith said he should be on his way in the �next two or three weeks� once it is officially confirmed that the cost of the operation will be covered. He will remain in the ski resort of Vail for up to 14 days afterwards for intensive rehabilitation. The 35-year old batsman has a minor tear to the cartilage in his left knee as well as considerable arthritis on the bone.
19 JAN 2006
Bermuda faces one-day dilemma
By Sam Stevens of "The Royal Gazette"----> It is �unlikely� Bermuda will have the facilities to host One-Day Internationals before the cricket World Cup next year, Sports Minister Dale Butler admitted yesterday. Since the national team�s qualification for cricket�s ultimate limited over showpiece, Bermuda Cricket Board have made no secret of their desire to play as many official ODIs and first class games on local soil as possible.
23 SEP 2005
Logie signs 4 year contract with BCB
www.theroyalgazette.com -------- CRICKET by DAN RUTSTEIN ----Last modified: September 23. 2005 12:18PM---- "I'M honoured and blessed to be staying on here for another four years," Gus Logie said this week. Well actually, Mr. Logie, I think you might find it is the other way round. Surely Bermuda cricket is the one that is honoured and blessed. Honoured and blessed because a coach of Logie's obvious talents has decided to stay on because he believes in a cricket programme that has achieved unprecedented success this summer � and there is still a trip to Namibia to come.
20 SEP 2005
Lionel�s trophy tribute
www.theroyalgazette.com ------- By Colin Thompson---Last modified: September 20. 2005 8:53AM ----- Time and time again Lionel Cann has demonstrated his aggression waving a cricket bat. But last weekend the 32 year-old all-rounder revealed a more humble and caring side to his nature in paying homage to late grandfather Lionel Mello during a touching grave-site ceremony at Chapel of Ease Church in St.David�s, referred to by many as God�s Country. In the stillness of early morning, in the church�s cemetery which overlooks the picturesque Coco Bay, Cann proudly placed an assortment of trophies (Cup Match, Belco Cup, Premier Division Limited Overs, Premier Division Knockout Cup, 20/20 Overs Cup and Eastern Counties) in memory of the deceased atop his grave.
16 SEP 2005
World Cup bound cricketers urged not to play football
The Royal Gazette ----- by Sports Editor KYLE HUNTER-- Last modified: September 16. 2005 11:43AM ---- TYPICALLY many of Bermuda's best cricketers play Premier and First Division football in the winter months. But from now until 2007, members of the Bermuda Cricket World Cup squad are being asked to stay off the football pitches so that they don't become injured. After all, these are not normal times in Bermuda cricket with the national team travelling to Namibia next month for the semi-finals and final of the Intercontinental Cup and then playing a large number of international practise matches ahead of the World Cup in the West Indies.
08 SEP 2005
End-of-season apathy strikes again
www.theroyalgazette.com-- Last modified: September 08. 2005 8:34PM--- IT�S been a peculiar cricket season to say the least. Internationally, we may never have had a better one � qualification for the World Cup during an outstanding performance at the ICC Trophy in Ireland followed by an equally impressive victory in the three-day Intercontinental Cup in Canada. Yet on the home front it�s been less than ordinary � a Cup Match best forgotten and a farcical finale to the Two-Day League last weekend when, for a myriad of reasons, just two out of the eight scheduled matches went ahead.
29 AUG 2005
BERMUDA defeated Cayman by an Innings & 105 Runs
BERMUDA defeated Cayman by an Innings & 105 Runs Americas Region � 2005 Intercontinental Cup Bermuda vs Cayman Island, August 27,28,29 2005 Toronto Cricket Club , Toronto , Canada Resuming their innings at 50/4 and trailing by 142 runs, Cayman Islands offered no resistance on the final day of their first ever three-day match. Dwayne Leverock and Kevin Hurdle sailed through the remaining six wickets allowing only 35 and the game was over in just over an hour�s play. Leverock again was outstanding, the big spinner took 6 for 16 for a total match figure of 11/72. Easily a Man of the Match performance in any game but Clay Smith with a brilliant 138 in the first innings at a crucial time of the match was awarded the honour. With their victory Bermuda by an innings and 105 runs they easily won the Americas Region Intercontinental Cup and date in the semi-finals against Kenya in October. This is the second major honour for Bermuda this year having qualified for the 2007 World Cup by placing fourth in the recent ICC Trophy. Cayman Islands playing in their first ever three-day match admitted it was a new and difficult experience but welcomed the opportunity to learn from the event. Canada will now take on Cayman Islands on Wednesday for second place in the tournament, however weather forecasters expect heavy rains in the Toronto area from Hurricane Katrina and if correct this match could be reduced to a two day event.
28 AUG 2005
Day 2- Runs flow freely from Bermudan bats on Day 2 vs Cayman Islands.
Americas Region � 2005 Intercontinental Cup Bermuda vs Cayman Island, August 27,28,29 2005 Toronto Cricket Club , Toronto , Canada When play resumed on day 2 of the match between Bermuda and Cayman Islands there was some hope for the Caymanians as they bowlers captured three wickets for 56 runs in the early going. Any further hope of success was demolished by two huge partnerships, first between Irving Romaine and Clay Smith (158) . Smith was joined by Dean Minors in another partnership of 150. Captain Clay Smith scored his 138 in 289 minutes and 186 balls including 16 fours and 1 six. Irvine Romaine who retired in the 64th over on 100 exact came back to add 11 runs before being caught by J.Linton off the Cayman�s most successful bowler of the day young Troy Taylor. Dean Minors also fell victim to Troy Taylor but not before an entertaining 74 off 71 balls including 5 fours and 5 sixes. The Bermudans feasted on the Cayman bowling which consisted mainly of medium pace bowling. Ronald Ebanks seem to be the only recognized spinner on the team, but he alone could not provide enough variety in the attack to trouble the Bermudan bats. When Irvine Romaine was finally out Captain Clay Smith declared the innings close in the 89th over with the score at 387/7. Troy Taylor bowled well under the circumstance. The youthful right arm medium pacer ended with respectable figures of 13-3-60-4. Bermuda�s declaration gave them a chance to bowl for 45 minutes before the closing time of play . They made good use of this final period capturing four Caymanian wickets for 50 runs. Poor shot selection in this crucial period that called for restraint helped the Bermudans to put a firm grip on this game . Cayman still trails Bermuda by 142 runs with only six wickets in hand. It now looks certain that Bermuda will be the Americas Region qualifier for the semi finals to be held in Namibia in October.
27 AUG 2005
Day 1 Cayman Islands fail to capitalize on good start.
Americas Region � 2005 Intercontinental Cup Bermuda vs Cayman Island, August 27,28,29 2005 Toronto Cricket Club , Toronto , Canada After getting a good opening start from Steve Gordon and Ainsley Hall, the Cayman Islands playing in their first Intercontinental Cup failed to capitalize and were all out for 197 after 74 overs Dwayne Leverock was Bermuda�s best bowler. The big man had impressive figures of 27-10-56-5. Rain stopped play for 29 minutes at the end of the 64th over with the score on 164/7. Steve Gordon had to retire hurt at 50 runs in 92 balls in the 25th over,when he returned after Best was caught for 30 , he faced 35 balls adding only 15 runs before being bowled by Hasan Durham for 65. Captain Ryan Bovell tried to boost his team�s total with a good knock of 31 not out including two massive sixes. Pearson Best contributed 30 before being caught by Janeiro Tucket off the bowling of Leverock. Leverock ended the innings with an impressive performance capturing 5/56 off 27 overs. Hasan Durham took three for 56 in 22 overs . Janeiro Tucker was impressive in the field taking three catches in the slips Bermuda�s reply was halted after only three overs as rain interrupted play for the second time today. The umpire decided no further play was possible and the lost time will be made up tomorrow with the game resuming 30 minutes earlier than the normal starting time.
25 AUG 2005
Bermuda defeated Canada by 48 Runs
Day 3- Americas Region Intercontinental Cup Bermuda vs Canada Aug 23,24,25, 2005,Toronto Cricket Club ,Toronto ,Canada BERMUDA DEFEATS CANADA BY 48 RUNS The first 2005 Americas Region Intercontinental Cup match produced a major upset as Bermuda defeated the reigning Champions ,Canada by 48 runs. Bermuda resumed with their overnight total at 209/5 with the Tucker and Minors partnership at 93. Canada�s bowlers had moderate success as both Henry Osinde and Don Maxwell kept the Bermudans on their toes. With the score at 235 Maxwell had Minors trapped leg before for a brilliant 66. He shared a partnership of 119 with Janeiro Tucker.This was the turning point of the match. Tucker passed his century and was taking most of the strike to protect the tail enders. He was the last wicket to fall with the Bermudan score at 311 and his personal score at 123 in 413 minutes ,293 balls. Bermuda had given Canada a reasonable score of 230 to win in approximately 68 overs. It was going to be a good finish but it did not take long for Bermuda�s opening bowlers to strike,and strike often. Opening bat Z.Surkari was the first to go with the score on one. He was followed quickly by Maxwell , Ifill and the skipper Dassanyake all with the score only at 17. Sunil Dhaniram and Ashish Bagai then put on a 53 run partnership to raise the hopes of the local fans. Dhaniram hit five fours in his brief 35 run ,47 minute appearance at the wicket. Bagai did not stay much longer when on 20 and the score on 73 he was brilliantly caught by Salem Mukaddem. Canada�s score of 73/6 put Bermuda in the drivers seat. George Codrinton (40) and newcomer Ali Qaiser (52) then decided it was not over yet as the pair added 91 runs for 7th wicket partnership. This proved to be the last resistance and when Qaiser was given run out on a close call it was impossible to ask the last pair to score another 50 runs or bat 15 overs to the finish. In the 57th over Kevin Sandher was given out lbw and it was all over. Bermuda won by a comfortable margin of 48 runs. For his outstanding batting performance Janeiro Tucker was given the Man of the Match award. Bermuda takes on the Cayman Islands starting on Friday.
24 AUG 2005
Day 2- Americas Region Intercontinental Cup Bermuda vs Canada Aug 23,24,25, 2005 Toronto Cricket Club Toronto ,Canada Bermuda restricted Canada today with a fine bowling spell from their big man Dwayne Leverock .After getting batsman Ashish Bagai bowled for just four more than his overnight score , he mopped up the tail finishing with fine figures of 22.2 �7-46-4. Leverock was supported at the other end by medium pacer Saleem Mukaddem who finished with figures of 16-3-52-4. Canada�s lead of 82 runs gave Bermuda a fighting chance providing they could get a better batting performance in their second innings. Bermuda�s opening batsmen failed again and at lunch they were struggling with the score at 40/3 trailing the home side by 42 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Skipper Clay Smith (45) first with Salem Mukaddem and then with Janeiro Tucker, came to his team�s rescue with 4th and 5th wicket partnerships of identical scores of 55 runs. But it was Janeiro Tucker and wicket keeper Dean Minors who stole the show with a brilliant 6th wicket unbeaten stand of 93 to give Bermuda a lead of 127 runs with 5 wickets in hand. If this was a boxing match round one ( day 1) would have been awarded to Canada but round two was all Bermuda. The Canadian bowlers,after early success could do nothing right, even a confident appeal for a caught behind was disallowed and the bowlers toiled well into the evening sun with no luck as Smith, Tucker and Minors led the great recovery. The wicket continues to hold up well offering no help to the spinners, the most exciting spell of bowling came from the right hand fast bowler Henry Osinde who cut lose with some deliveries which seem to be heading for the orbiting space station. Bermuda�s batting after the third wicket fell, was much more disciplined . The four Canadian spin bowlers sent down a total of 50 overs at a cost of only 94 runs. The match now hinges on the first session on day three. An early break through could swing the tide back to the home side but should Tucker and Minors be allowed to continue their heroics Bermuda could steal this one from the Canadians.
23 AUG 2005
Icup update day 1 End of play Canada lead Bermuda by 24 runs.
Intercontinental Cup � Bermuda vs Canada August 23,24,25, Toronto Cricket Club Toronto , Canada Close of Play � Day 1 BERMUDA FIGHTS BACK IN FINAL SESSION OF THE DAY Bermuda, trying to defend a modest first innings score of 125 , fought back in the final session of play to restrict Canada�s lead to 24 runs with four wickets in hand. A fine bowling spell after tea by Salem Mukaddem ( 11-3-34-3) and Dwayne Leverock ( 14-5-26-1) saw four Canadian wickets fall for six runs. A 5th wicket partnership of 55 between Sunil Dhaniram and Ashish Bagai brought the Canadians closer to Bermuda�s total before Dhaniram was bowled by Mukaddem with the score at 90. Bagai was joined by George Codrington and this pair added an unbeaten stand of 59 to end the day�s play with Canada up by 24 runs with four wickets in hand. For Ashish Bagai it was a great return to the national squad after being unavailable for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. Bagai must be enjoying his efforts this day after holding four catches behind the stumps he was clearly the best batsman today with a solid 72 not out, including ten boundaries. The selectors had originally left him off the team fearing his inactivity due to work commitments might have made him a little rusty. When Desmond Chumney failed his per tournament medical the selectors was forced to reconsider their position , there was no rust showing today for the former Canadian U19 World Cup team captain . Earlier in the day , another U19 Youth World Cup team captain, Umar Bhatti wrecked the Bermuda�s batting side with a brilliant bowling performance of 17.5-4-40-8. For the young, left hand medium-fast bowler it was his best bowling performance, out doing his performance in the Intercontinental Cup finals in 2004. After a disappointing performance in the recent ICC Trophy and an injury which caused him to miss several games it was good news for Bermuda as their veteran Captain Clay Smith returned to form with a solid innings of 52 The first session on day two just might determine which way this game will go. An early break through for Bermuda would put them back into the fight despite their batting failure on day one. Should Bagai and Codrington continue their unbeaten stand well into play before lunch , Canada would certainly put a firm grip on game one of the Intercontinental Cup
08 AUG 2005
Bermuda, qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
Bermuda, Canada, Ireland and Scotland have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup after finishing in the top two positions in their respective groups of the ICC Trophy Ireland 2005 today. Hosts Ireland confirmed first place in Group A after beating Denmark by 73 runs at Bangor. They will now play Group B runner-up Canada in the first semi-final on Saturday. The other semi-final of the ICC Trophy will be between Group A runner-up Bermuda and Group B winner Scotland, also on Saturday. The final ICC Cricket World Cup qualifying spot will be awarded to the team that finishes fifth in the ICC Trophy. Denmark, Holland, Namibia and UAE are still in contention and will play-off for this crucial spot on Saturday and Monday.
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