Bermuda Vs Scots: Leverock, Watts share honours on day-1

Published: Friday, July 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock (4/100) spun Bermuda back into the game in the Intercontinental Cup tie against Scots in Hamilton (Bermuda): A fighting knock from Scotland's Fraser Watts and another stellar spell of bowling from Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock meant honours were pretty even after day one of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match at the National Stadium in Bermuda on Thursday.

Opening the batting, Watts battled his way through a tough opening spell by George O'Brien and Stefan Kelly. He eventually made 93 before Leverock had him caught by Stephen Outerbridge, just seven short of what would have been his third first-class century.

Leverock bowled a marathon 37 overs in the day and took four of the seven wickets that fell. Following on from his 10-wicket haul in the recent victory over Canada in King City, Ontario, Leverock is proving that, despite turning 37 next Monday, he is in the form of his life.

Scotland put on 42 for the first wicket but struggled after that to put any meaningful partnerships together. Only Majid Haq, who was 44 not out at the close, put up any real resistance as Rodney Trott (2/54) and O'Brien (1/31) played their part for the home side.

Scotland managed to get to 240/7 by the close but with 96 overs bowled in the day, it was pretty slow stuff. The morning of day two will be crucial and if Majid can work well with the tail to post a good total it could be curtains for Bermuda.

But if Leverock finds his groove early, the sizable home support could have something to cheer about in what is now a very nicely poised match.

Brief Scores:

Scotland Ist innings 240/7 (Watts 93, Majid Haq 44 n o, Lockhart 22, McCallum 25; Leverock 4/100, Trott 2/54) Vs Bermuda.


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