Bermuda skipper defends World Cup place after warm-up thrashing

ARNOS VALE, St Vincent, March 6, 2007 (AFP) – Bermuda captain Irving Romaine insisted his side deserved their place at the Cricket World Cup despite losing their opening warm-up match against England by the huge margin of 241 runs.

Bermuda’s second and final warm-up match is against Zimbabwe on Thursday. “Today the plan was to field first and it worked. Maybe next time we will win the toss and bat and put a really big score on the board,” said Romaine. Romaine’s men, one of five associate or junior nations taking part in the World Cup, were bowled out for 45 inside 23 overs after holding England to 286 for eight.

“Half the time we’ve done well,” said Romaine, who was unable to bat because of concussion sustained while fielding.

“You can’t overlook the fact that we did field well. We just didn’t bat as well as we should have and we have the chance to bat better than we did,” he also told reporters after Monday’s match, the first representative fixture between Bermuda and England.”

Critics have accused the International Cricket Council (ICC) of including too many associate teams which, they argue, has the double negative of making the World Cup too long at seven weeks and creating too many mismatches.

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