Leverock hits half-century
Kamau Leverock scored an impressive 75 for the ICC Americas in their 67-run defeat by Jamaica Scorpions in their third West Indies Regional Super50 Tournament match in Cave Hill, Barbados, yesterday.
Set a target of 251 after sending Jamaica in to bat, opener Leverock was pacing the Americas reply nicely after an opening stand of 35 with Fahad Baber in 6.2 overs. Baber was bowled by West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor for five.
The second Americas wicket fell for 49 when captain Nitish Kumar departed for eight. Leverock, inspired by fellow Bermudian Delray Rawlins's accomplishments in India for the England Under-19 side, brought up his 50 in the seventhth over off 55 balls, with the Americas total 85 for two.
Srimantha Wijeyeratne was the third wicket to fall, after he and Leverock carried the score to 97 in 19.5 overs. Wijeyeratne scored 19 off 39 balls.
The next two batsmen, Alex Amsterdam and Nikhil Dutta, contributed 20 and 18 respectively, but the departure of opener Leverock, fourth out on 130, proved a major setback for the Americas who were seeking their first win in the tournament.
The left-hander was caught behind by Chadwick Walton in the 28th over after facing 83 balls and hitting seven fours and two sixes.
The Americas added just 57 more runs in 17 overs after Leverock's departure as Damion Jacobs claimed five for 24 off his ten overs to claim the Man of the Match award. Taylor took two for 32 from seven.
Earlier the match was reduced to 46 overs a side after rain stopped play for more than two hours in the morning session. Jamaica lost just five wickets in their innings with John Campbell and Rovman Powell scoring unbeaten half-centuries late in the innings during a century partnership.
Campbell hit 66 off 42 balls with five fours and three sixes while Powell scored 52 from only 38 balls with a four and four sixes. They put on 101 for the sixth wicket.
Earlier in the innings Andre McCarthy scored 63 from 87 balls at No 4. Saad Zafar claimed two for 35 from nine overs for the Americas. Leverock did not bowl in the Jamaica innings.