KAMPALA, Uganda – Bermuda’s inexperienced side tumbled to a six-wicket defeat against Kenya in their ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B 50-overs match at the Kyambogo Cricket Ground here on Saturday.
Captain Kamau Leverock top-scored with five fours in a 35-ball 29, but Bermuda were skittled out for 107 in 27 overs – opening pair Elijah Otieno and Emmanuel Bundi sharing nine of the wickets – before Kenya knocked off the runs in 19 overs.
Leverock leads a 14-man Bermuda squad, which includes a number of new faces called up in the absence of a host of key players, including English county professional Delray Rawlins.
Malachi Jones, a survivor from Bermuda’s 2007 World Cup team in the Caribbean, was second highest scorer with 15 and also picked up one for 10 from four overs.
Medium pacers Otieno (5-21) and Bundi (4-26) to wreck Bermuda’s innings before opener Rushab Patel led Kenya’s dash to victory with an unbeaten 49 from 51 balls that contained five fours.
On Friday, previously unbeaten Uganda suffered a shock 62-run defeat against Jersey, the Channel Islanders owing their success largely to opener Nick Greenwood’s 80 in their 255 for six and leg spinner Dominic Blampied, the seventh bowler used, who finished with a career-best five for 18 as Uganda were bowled out for 193 in reply.
Bermuda went into the Uganda leg with one point gained from a no-result in an abandoned match against Kenya, having suffered defeats by Uganda, Jersey, Hong Kong and Italy.
Hosts Uganda topped the table after the first leg, which was played in Oman in December 2019, with a perfect record of five victories.
The third and final leg of the group stage will be played in Jersey in August.