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Leverock fifty helps ICC Americas to victory

Leverock made a half-century in ICC Americas’ first win of the tournament (Photograph by Kerrie Eversley/WICB Media)

Kamau Leverock scored 55 to help ICC Americas to their first win in Group B of the West Indies Cricket Regional Super50 Tournament yesterday at the Windward Cricket Club in Barbados.

The Americas scored 265 before dismissing the Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners for 187 in 43.3 overs after their target had been revised to 260 in 48 overs following a third rain stoppage when the Marooners were 97 for two after 20 overs.

Opener Leverock reached his fifty after ten overs. He was second man out in the 18th over when the score was 91, facing 61 balls and hitting four fours and a six. Captain Nitish Kumar led the Americas batting with 80 off 100 balls after coming in at No 3. That knock earned him the Man of the Match award, while Timroy Allen added a valuable 69 late in the innings as the Americas reached their highest total of the tournament.

Leverock put on 77 for the second wicket with his captain after losing opening partner Akeem Dodson in the fourth over with only 14 runs on the board. After Leverock departed, the Americas slumped to 121 for five before Kumar and Allen shared in a sixth wicket stand of 97 in seventeen overs. Allen then added a useful 33 for the seventh wicket with Saad Zafar who brought up the 250 in 48.1 overs.

Jermaine Levy was the pick of the CCC bowlers with four for 22 off five overs while Vikash Mohan claimed three for 40 from ten. Nino Henry was expensive, going for 72 runs in his nine overs, though he claimed two wickets.

CCC were 95 for two after 19.3 overs but a third rain stoppage in the match after 20 overs of their innings saw CCC lost their momentum as they slumped to 118 for five after 25.3 overs. They slumped to 167 for nine before a last wicket stand of 20 delayed in inevitable as the Americas won by 72 runs.

Nikhil Dutta and Timil Patel both claimed three wickets from their ten overs, Dutta giving up 32 runs and Patel 38 while Saad Zafar took two for 29.

The Americas, who ended a five-game losing streak, close out their group play with matches against Guyana Jaguars tomorrow and Jamaica on Saturday when they come up against United States player Steven Taylor who opted to play for Jamaica Scorpions as his parents are Jamaican. Yesterday, Taylor scored 86 against Guyana from five fours and six sixes.

The semi-finals will take place next Wednesday with the winners going on to the final on Saturday, February 18.