Bermuda face an uphill task against Scotland

Published: Monday, July 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hamilton (Bermuda): Bermuda face an uphill task on the final day of their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland as the tiny Carib Island still need another 250 runs for victory with just six second-innings wickets remaining.

Set a target of 373 runs to win, Bermuda has lost the first four for nothing – not to mention Chris Foggo retired hurt – and at the close of play on day three had crawled to 123/4, still a long way from victory.

Steven Outerbridge holds the fort for Bermuda. The 25-year-old left-hander has been batting well and finished unbeaten on 71 having shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 58 with Rodney Trott.

Outerbridge"s task cut out on the final day who will be expected to bat the day out.

Earlier, Scotland had declared their second essay on 196/9 as Fraser Watts top scored with 83. That brings Watts' total run-haul for the match to 176, an impressive effort when very few of his team-mates seemed capable of adapting to the conditions. Neil McCallum (44*) was the other notable contributer for Scots.

George O"Brien (3/39) was the pick of the Bermuda bowlers and was well supported by Trott (2/22) and Stefan Kelly (2/47).

Brief Scores:

Scotland 282 and 196/9 decl (Fraser Watts 83, Neil McCallum 44 n o, Colin Smith 38; O'Brien 3/39, Trott 2/22, Kelly 2/47) Vs Bermuda 106 and 123/4 (Steven Outerbridge 71, Trott 21 n o; Lyons 2/20, Goudie 1/14, Dewald Nel 1/ 37).


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