Leverock makes debut for Vancouver
Kamau Leverock made his debut at the inaugural Global T20 Canada Tournament in King City, Toronto, today.
The Nottinghamshire Second XI and Bermuda all-rounder featured for Vancouver Knights squad, led by former West Indies captain Chris Gayle, that beat winless Montreal Tigers by 18 runs.
Leverock, the one change the Knights made to their team from the one that handed leaders Winnipeg Hawks their first loss of the tournament the previous day, scored five runs batting No 7 and conceded seven runs in the only over he sent down after being brought into the attack as fourth change.
Led by a dashing knock of 83 from Hendrik Erasmus van der Dussen, the Knights scored 166 for six in their allotted overs after being sent to bat.
The South African blasted six fours and five sixes during his blistering 56-ball knock that paced the Knights to a total that proved beyond their opponent’s reach.
West Indies duo Evin Lewis (16) and Dwayne Russell (13) and Hong Kong player Babar Hayat (20) were the remaining Knights batsmen in double figures.
Leverock came to the crease after Russell was dismissed on the penultimate ball of the fifteenth over and got off the mark with a single off of Sandeep Lamichhane, the Nepal leg spinner.
He faced a further seven deliveries before being bowled by Lasith Malinga, the former Sri Lankan fast bowler, back for a second spell, on the penultimate ball of the eighteenth over.
Malinga, the Tigers captain, led his team’s attack with three for 41 while Peter Siddle, the Australian Test player, claimed two for 28.
Despite solid knocks from top order pair Moises Henriques and George Worker, who produced 64 runs for the third wicket, the Tigers were skittled for 148 in 19.4 overs.
Henriques, the Australian Test player, thumped 40 from 34 balls with three fours and as many sixes while Worker, who has made seven ODI appearances for New Zealand, belted four fours and a six in an equally brisk knock of 43 from 33 balls.
West Indies pair Sunil Narine (14) and Denesh Ramdin (14) and Dillon Heyliger (11), who plays for Bermuda’s ICC America’s rivals Canada, all made starts but failed to go on.
Tim Southee, the New Zealand Test player, and Saad Bin Zafar, who made his first-class debut for Canada against Bermuda at the same ground two days shy of a decade ago, claimed three wickets each to lead the Knights attack.
Leverock was one of two Bermudians involved in the match as compatriot Roger Dill stood as umpire.
The Winnipeg Hawks are level on points with second and third placed West Indies B and Vancouver Knights but top the six -team standings with a superior net run rate.
West Indies B have a game in hand over both Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The Knights will meet fourth-placed Edmonton Royals in their next outing on Friday.
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