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Bermuda ready for Namibia challenge: Outerbridge

Fri, Mar 26, 2010 1:30 PM

Bermuda ready for Namibia challenge: Outerbridge
Bermuda vice-captain Stephen Outerbridge believes that his side has the mental strength to beat Namibia in its bottom-of-the-table ICC Intercontinental Shield clash in Windhoek.

Both teams will play a Twenty20 game before the four-day I Shield game, which begins from 3-6th April 2010, followed by two 50-over matches.

He said: "We have prepared ourselves for the match with a mixture of indoor and various fitness training sessions despite the tour falling on winter months. We hope to perform well with contributions from all players and display the confidence that we can win and qualify for the finals in Dubai in November. We have a target to chase and hopefully things will go in our favour. I feel we have a vibrant, young team mixed with the right blend of experienced players that are capable of achieving much."

"I believe every player will give their full contribution to the team, but we expect David Hemp, Irving Romaine, Rodney Trott, Malachi Jones and Chris Foggo to be key players."

"We are yet to be victorious against Namibia and are keen on beating them. We have trained and worked hard on our game, but there is still a lot to learn and it’s important to compete well, learn more and adapt in the international arena," he added.

On his side’s loss to Uganda by seven wickets, he stated: "I think we didn’t adapt well to the task at hand, cricket is mental sport and you need to be in the right frame of mind to deliver your best performance. Being realistic, we always have a chance of being victorious but it all boils down to showing up and adapting to the game play with every player giving 100 percent on the field."

Namibia coach, Johan Rudolph, said he is hoping for his side to improve on its performance the last time it took part in the competition when it slumped to a defeat against the UAE.

He said: "Against UAE, our fielding let us down and it was more the case of us losing the match as them winning it. We are preparing ourselves by taking part in the CSA three-day competition, which has helped a lot. We need to take all the opportunities which will came our way during this match. We are looking forward to this clash since this will be a match to win to stay in the competition," he added.

Bermuda is currently at the bottom of the Intercontinental Shield table with zero points after its loss to Uganda in August 2009 while Namibia is third with six points from its four-wicket loss to UAE in December. The table is headed by Uganda with 29 points while UAE is second with 17 points. The four-team ICC Intercontinental Shield competition will see a final played in Dubai from 25-28 November 2010.

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