Canada win opener against Bermuda

TORONTO, Canada -- (CMC) – Canada made a winning start to their Tri-Nation Series campaign when they beat Bermuda by 25 runs in the opening match at the Maple Leaf North–West Ground Monday.

The hosts rattled up 260 for six from their allotted 50 overs, after being sent in and then withstood a strong challenge from Bermuda before limiting them to 235 for eight.

Canada’s innings was built around scores of 48 from Manoj David and an unbeaten 46 from Karun Jethi.

David struck four fours off 82 balls while Jethi’s quickfire knock included three fours and three sixes off just 36 balls.

Rizwan Cheema slammed 34 from 24 balls and shared a 53-run, first-wicket stand off 33 balls with Mohammad Iqbal whose 17 came from 16 balls.

Canada then slipped to 103 for four before captain Sudesh Dhaniram propped the innings with 36 from 55 balls, in a 61-run, fifth wicket partnership with David.

Rodney Trott finished with two for 50 while Stefan Kelly took two for 57.

Bermuda got a flying start of 33 from 31 balls with Jekon Edness slamming 45 from 61 balls and Oronde Bascome’s 20 coming from just 19 balls.

Edness then shared a 90-run, second wicket stand with Chris Douglas who slammed 69 from 113 balls with eight fours and one six, as Bermuda reached 123 for one.

Douglas engaged in another partnership of 58 for the third wicket with Steven Outerbridge (27) to send Bermuda into cruise control at 181 for two in the 39th over.

But Bermuda lost four wickets for 23 runs in the space of 31 balls to lose their way.