Bermuda clinches rain-hit decider

SOMERSET, Bermuda - All-rounder Janeiro Tucker stroked an unbeaten 44 as Bermuda clinched a 2-1 series win over Jamaican side Melbourne Cricket Club in a rain-shortened tour finale at Somerset on Tuesday.

Chasing Melbourne's modest 127-9, Bermuda romped home by six wickets with five overs to spare on an overcast day after the match was reduced from 50 overs to  28 a side following a four-hour delay because of light showers.

The visitors struggled in the damp conditions after being sent in by stand-in captain Rodney Trott, with only Dwayne Thompson (35) and Tafari Williams (25) offering any real resistance in a fifth-wicket stand of 60 in the absence of skipper Andre McCarthy, who ended the tour early to return home for national duty. 

Bermuda's attack was led by seamer Gregory Maybury, who claimed 3-29 from six overs, after openers Jon-Ross Campbell (16) and Tarique White (seven) were quickly followed back to the pavilion by Sadiki Bolt (one) and Sadique Henry (9).

Dave Johnson made 12 and Garfield Moore 13 not out as Tucker picked up 2-19 and Treadwell Gibbons 2-27.

In reply, Bermuda lost Gibbons for eight but Dion Stovell (36) and Chris Douglas (21) added 44 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for victory before 38-year-old Tucker, whose innings included three fours and two sixes, steered Bermuda to 132-4 from 23 overs with slow bowler Shamar Anderson claiming 2-18.

Bermuda won last Saturday's opener by 34 runs before Melbourne squared the series a day later with a five-wicket win.

Melbourne began the tour with Twenty20 victories over Jamaican Association and hosts Somerset Cricket Club.

Summarised Scores:

Melbourne Cricket Club 127-9 innings closed (Dwayne Thompson 35; Gregory Maybury 3-29), Bermuda 132-4 in 23 overs (Janeiro Tucker 44 not out, Dion Stovell 36). Bermuda won by six wickets in match reduced to 28 overs a side because of rain.

Wed, 04/17/2013 - 09:06