Barn-storming cricket from Bahrain took them to their second international trophy, the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 when they beat hosts Guernsey in the Final of the competition. Bahrain were unbeaten throughout the tournament winning all six of their matches.
“It is an amazing feeling. When we came here I didn’t think that we would perform as well as we have as we weren’t sure how well the team would gel together. However, the team has become one unit and that is a great thing,” said winning captain Yaser Sadeq. “Our team has excellent character and we are capable of amazing comebacks. I have no doubt that we will be successful in Division 6 and once we are in Division 5 we will see how we go from there.”
Bahrain had their toughest match in the final and it took a 7th-wicket partnership of 72 between Qamar Saeed (55*) and Azeem ul Haq (25) to bring them up from 119-6 to within reach of the target of 205 set by Guernsey earlier in the day.
“It’s good for Bahrain and the ACC that Bahrain have shown such quality. They were out of cricket for a couple of years (after winning the 2006 Middle East Cup) while they sorted out their administration. I believe they will come up quickly from now on, says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura. “The important thing for Bahrain is for them to now put up facilities in the country as quickly as possible.”
Bahrain and Guernsey move up to the Division 6 tournament to be held in Singapore from 29 August to 5 September, where Malaysia and Singapore will also be playing.
Pictures courtesy of ICC/Cricket Europe
Filed May 25, 2009