Janeiro Tucker Wins Player Of The Match

March 19, 2012

[Updated] Bermuda’s Janeiro Tucker was named the Player of the Match today [Mar.19], as the Bermuda National Cricket team won their first game in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, beating Papua New Guinea by 5 wickets.

Janeiro Tucker was the top scorer with 52 not out, while Dion Stovell added 31 and David Hemp scored 30.

The ICC Qualifiers taking place in the United Arab Emirates, and Bermuda has played against Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Denmark, Nepal and Papua New Guinea so far.

Mr Tucker is pictured above receiving the Player of the Match award from match referee David Jukes. Photo courtesy of the ICC.

Update: The ICC report is below:

Janeiro Tucker smashed sixes off the first three balls of the last over to guide Bermuda to a stunning five wickets victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a crucial Group A fixture of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 at the ICC GCA Oval 1 on Monday.

Needing 16 off the final six balls of the match, Tucker blasted three straight sixes off PNG captain Rarva Dikana that helped Bermuda overtake the 156-run target with three balls to spare. While the victory earned Bermuda its first victory in the tournament, the defeat ended PNG’s hopes of finishing in the top three in its group.

Tucker, later declared man of the match, finished unbeaten on 52 that came off 33 balls and included one four and five towering sixes. Bermuda captain David Hemp was the other main run-getter with a 27-ball 30 with a four and a six. The two batsmen added 55 runs for the fourth wicket in just over seven overs.

Tucker later said: “My personal performance was really outstanding today. I haven’t really had a good last four or five games, but today came all together.”

“The team has been on the par for the last 5 games but now as the tournament goes on and we’re almost at the end, we’re getting a little better. So hopefully we can finish off our last three games with victories and hopefully the morale is high after this victory here and we can just continue to build.”

“Hitting that last ball was amazing. That was always my intention to try to get us to victory in the last over.”

“I guess our strategy for the last couple of games will be pretty much the same as of today. We got a victory so I guess we’ve done something right.”

Earlier, Vani Vagi Morea top scored with 49 not out in PNG’s 155 for six. Morea hit four fours and two sixes in a 31-ball knock. Chris Amini with 32 was the other notable run-getter

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