Melbourne skipper credits game plan

SOMERSET, Bermuda - Melbourne Cricket Club skipper Andre McCarthy sang his team's praises after the Jamaican tourists beat the Bermuda national team by five wickets at Somerset Cricket Club on Sunday to level their three-match 50 overs series at 1-1.

The decider will be held on Tuesday after Bermuda won Saturday's opener by 34 runs.

“We had a plan before the game and went onto the field and stuck to the plan and it worked for us,” said McCarthy, who chipped in with a useful 34, adding 54 runs for the third wicket with Sadiki Bolt (65) in his team’s reply as they reached their Duckworth/Lewis revised target of 195 with 20 balls to spare. 

“It was a very good team effort.”

Bermuda's interim national coach Arnold Manders made no excuses for his team’s poor batting display which saw them dismissed for 201 in 43.5 overs after electing to bat first on a flat track.

“It was just poor application on our part and we just can't leave seven overs in a 50-over match,” he said. 

“We needed to make sure we batted out that final seven overs which was another 40-50 runs they have to get, which puts more pressure on them. 

"I just think it was poor execution on our part and some guys have already admitted they had the wrong plan,” added Manders whose team are gearing up to host the six-nation ICC World Cricket League Division 3 World Cup Qualifying Tournament starting later this month.

Melbourne opened their five-match tour with easy Twenty20 victories over Jamaican Association and hosts Somerset Cricket Club.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 17:24