Bermuda moves a step closer to World Cup dream

Panama  90/8 vs Bermuda 91/3

The Bermuda senior men’s cricket team move a step closer to its dream of qualifying for the 2024 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup finals, with an easy seven wicket victory over Panama at White Hill Field today (Sunday).

An unbeaten half century from Tre Manders keyed the home team’s chase of a below par total of 90 for eight, set by the Central Americans.

Manders opened and batted through the entire innings, scoring 55 not out, while hitting three fours and four sixes, which was a welcome scenario after the previous day’s heroes, captain Delray Rawlins(four) and Kamau Leverock (five) went cheaply.

Manders and Dominic Sabir (19) closed out Panama with an unbroken fourth-wicket patnership of 44 runs that allowed Bermuda to amass 91 runs in 13.5 overs.

Bermuda had restricted Panama to the low total on account of brilliant left-arm slow bowling from Derrick Brangman, who took three for 11, with one maiden, while Allan Douglas Junior chipped in with two for 11.

Niking Ahi led the Panamanian batsmen with 23, while others in doubles figures included Yusuf Akalway (11) , Mohmad Patel (16) and Laxman Goankar (14).

Bermuda lead the tables with a pefect record from two matches and sit firmly in the drivers seat for the one place available for World Cup qualifying.

Monday is a rest day for all teams, before the competition resumes on Tuesday at National Sports Complex’s North Field, with Bermuda facing Cayman Islands at 2 pm and Canada playing Panama in the 9.30 am opening fixture.

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