England registered a massive 241-run win over Bermuda in the first warm-up match of the 2007 World Cup. At the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, England demolished the babies of International Cricket, Bermuda for a sorry total of 45. The batting for England wasn’t impressive, but their bowling certainly was with Bermuda wrapped up in 22.2 overs.
Michael Vaughan making his comeback at the international level won the toss and elected to bat first. Vaughan was off to a promising start before he was the second to depart after Ed Joyce. Ian Bell (46 from 55 balls with 5 fours) and Kevin Pietersen (43 from 55 balls with 5 fours) repaired the English innings before both the right handers perished at almost the same time. England with that had a mini collapse to get reduced to 186 for 6. A brilliant 79-ball 76 (with 3 fours and two sixes) from Jamie Dalrymple had got a solid 286/8 for England in their allotted 50 overs. It was an innings that was enough to bat Bermuda out of the game. Veteran left arm spinner, Dwayne Leverock was hard to score off for the English batsmen as he conceded only 32 from his 10 besides capturing the wickets of Pietersen and Collingwood.
James Anderson and Liam Plunkett provided the inroads when Bermuda had come out to bat in their chase. Jon Lewis, who was bowling as one change went onto take three wickets in his 4 overs giving away just the 7 runs to see the minnows bundled out in a little over 22 overs. All the six bowlers used by Vaughan were amongst the wickets. The top scorer for Bermuda was David Hemp with as many as 11 to his name. To his credit, Hemp was the only Bermudian to get into double figures!