Klokker stars in Denmark win
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 7:04 PM
Denmark's Freddie Klokker receives Man of the Match award from
Graeme La Brooy
Denmark had it easy in the opening match of the ICC WT20Q UAE 2012 against Bermuda. Europe's qualifier, Denmark, won by seven wickets beating the Americas side in another low-scoring encounter at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
After opting to bat first, Bermuda posted just 116-7 in its 20 overs. But Denmark was never rushed in its chase and overhauled the target in 19.1 overs.
Earlier, a 74-run stand between Dion Stovell (56) and skipper David Hemp (36) was the only bright spot in Bermuda's innings. The rest of the batting faltered in the face of some accurate Denmark bowling. For Denmark, Sair Anjum (2-15) was the best bowler on view.
In its chase, Denmark was well served by opener Frederick Klokker's 50 off 41 balls with four boundaries. Klokker's stand of 60 for the third wicket with Rizwan Mahmood (47 not out) set the tone for Denmark's win.
"My role in the side whether it is a 20-over contest or 50-over, is to bat through the innings. I aimed to do just that. The pitch was low and I managed to hit through the line at times. I was lucky in that I had Rizwan Mahmood at the other end to bat. Rizwan is a clean striker of the ball. He kept getting the pressure off. That made my job a lot easier. This has been the perfect start for us. Now we need to keep up the momentum," said man of the match Klokker.
David Moore, coach of Bermuda was obviously disappointed with today's loss: "It was a disappointing start. Our lengths when bowling were not good at all. We gave them too much width as well. When batting we were going well with Dion Stovell and David Hemp doing well for us. But unfortunately we lost momentum between 5th and 10th over. Then David Hemp's run-out set us back. When Stovell and Hemp were batting we were looking at a total of 130-odd which would have been par for us this pitch since it was a bit low and slow. But it was not to be. If you see we played lesser number of dot balls than them and hit more boundaries. Yet we lost. So we have learnt something from this."