Bermuda Upset Scotland On Opening Day
Bermuda pulled off an upset 18-run win over Scotland on the opening day of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier while there were also wins in the morning for Ireland, Nepal and United Arab Emirates.
Ireland beat Namibia by 32 runs, UAE beat Uganda by eight wickets and Nepal scored a five-wicket win over Denmark.
After Papua New Guinea shocked Ireland in the warm-up games, the competition did not have to wait long for its first unexpected result.
Bermuda, who had only ever beaten PNG and Uganda in Twenty20 cricket before today, successfully defended a score of 149 for seven by bowling Scotland out for 131.
Although Dion Stovell's 29 in 20 balls at the top of the order ended up as Bermuda's top score, enough batsmen below him came in, made a start but crucially did it quickly, keeping their strike rates high - Lionel Cann hitting 27 in 25 balls and Allan Douglas II 21 in just 11.
Iain Wardlaw, Majid Haq and Gordon Goudie all took two wickets apiece.
Richie Berrington hit a couple of huge sixes to kickstart Scotland's reply but after he made 29 in 28 balls, and a 44-run partnership between Kyle Coetzer (37) and Rob Taylor (26) was broken, they collapsed alarmingly, losing seven wickets for just 22 runs.
Janeiro Tucker was at the heart of the destruction with figures of three for 22 and Jacobi Robinson finished with three for eight.
Denmark have found run-scoring difficult since arriving in the Emirates and against Nepal, they showed no sign of breaking free, managing just 79 before being bowled out in the final over.
Only three players reached double figures and none could pass 20 as Sagar Pun took three wickets, Basant Regmi two for eight and Jitendra Mukhiya two for 16.
Nepal then lost two wickets before they had scored a run but thanks to Paras Khadka's 48 in 34 balls and 17 from Subash Khakurel, they got home easily enough in the 14th over.
Ireland bounced back from their humbling at the hands of PNG by comprehensively beating Namibia in a high-scoring game.
Paul Stirling, who dominated this tournament last year, crashed 52 in 33 balls with William Porterfield (33), Kevin O'Brien (28), Niall O'Brien (26) and Gary Wilson (20) also contributing to a score of 166 for five.
Namibia produced a spirited effort in reply, Raymond van Schoor briefly threatening Ireland with 48 in 45 balls before their challenge faded, unable to overcome the Irish bowling attack which was led by Alex Cusack (2-22) and they were held to 134 for seven.
It was also a low-scoring match between United Arab Emirates and Uganda with the former prevailing by eight wickets.
22 apiece from Phillemon Mukobe and Davis Karashani were the best that Uganda could muster in their score of 88 for eight. Amjad Javed and Nasir Aziz took two wickets.
UAE then did their net run-rate no harm whatsoever by racing to 89 for two in 14.2 overs, largely thanks to Shaiman Anwar's 54 in 38 balls.
The afternoon matches see Canada play USA and Hong Kong Italy in Group A while Afghanistan take on the Netherlands and Kenya play PNG in Group B.
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