Leverock misses Bermuda’s Bahamas whitewash
Irving Romaine, the assistant Bermuda coach, is confident key player Kamau Leverock will make a full recovery from injury before next month’s ICC Americas T20 World Cup Qualifier which the island will host.
The all-rounder, who plays for English county side Nottinghamshire in the Second XI Championship, suffered road rash and bruised his left hand in a bike accident on Friday night.
The injuries ruled him out of Somerset’s Cup Match team as well as Bermuda’s T20 double- header against Bahamas at the National Sports Centre yesterday.
“Kamau will be ready to go and I believe would have been ready for Cup Match,” Romaine, who led Bermuda at the 2007 ICC World Cup in the Caribbean, said. “The swelling in his hand and stuff was already down today (yesterday) and unfortunately he didn’t make the classic.
“But this tournament (World T20 regional qualifier) starts on August 15 and he will be well ready by that time, so no concerns about him being ready for the tournament.”
The double round-robin tournament will pit Bermuda against regional rivals Canada, the United States and Cayman Islands and will run from August 15 to 25. The top two countries will advance to the Global Qualifier, which is scheduled for October and November.
Bermuda completed a whitewash of the five-game series against ICC Americas rivals Bahamas, that included a 50-overs match and four T20 matches.
The national team secured comfortable eight-wicket wins in each match of yesterday’s lopsided T20 double-header which summed up their dominance throughout the entire series which served as a warm-up for next month’s World T20 regional qualifier.
“Obviously, you would always look for something a little more challenging due to the fact the team still needs to be selected and you want to put the players in situations where they are under severe pressure but it never really happened,” Romaine said. “None of them really got pushed to the limits.
“We saw some good performances in the 50 overs but in this (T20) it was a little relaxed because they (Bahamas) tired. They had a small squad, and some of their main players got injured, so it wasn’t that much of a challenge and it happens.”
Greg Taylor, the Bahamas coach, was disappointed with his team’s display on tour.
“I’m really not satisfied with the performance of the Bahamas team because we play far better than that,” he lamented. “The guys decided to go out there with no discipline in their batting and fielding.
“They didn’t follow the game plan and if they had done that it would’ve been a better showing and perhaps we could’ve sneaked two from Bermuda.”
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