An amazing experience, says Bermuda captain

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 16, 2007 (AFP) – Bermuda may have suffered a humiliating defeat on their World Cup debut against Sri Lanka here, but skipper Irving Romaine says the experience matters more for his team than the result.

“We were all emotional and it showed in a couple of early overs. The experience is amazing for us,” Romaine said after his side crashed to a 243-run defeat in their opening match at the Queen’s Park Oval here on Thursday.

“It was a wonderful experience. Some of the old players were also there. They are disappointed with the result, but they know it is a special day for Bermuda.”

Bermuda failed to cope with the Sri Lankan seamers and were dismissed for a paltry 78 chasing a mammoth 322-run target, with Fraveez Maharoof (4-23) and Lasith Malinga (3-10) doing the maximum damage.

“I think we have done well playing against Sri Lanka. We have seen them score more than 400 runs against the Netherlands (at Amstelveen) last year,” said the Bermudian skipper.

Romaine said his batsmen found it difficult to read Malinga, a seamer with a deceptive round-arm action who rattled Bermuda with three early wickets.

“We did okay in the field, but the frontline batsmen could not handle Malin