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Leverock lands gig Down Under

Kamau Leverock is heading to Australia next week to play a season with Adelaide outfit Walkerville Cricket Club.

Leverock, who is back in Bermuda, will return to England for a week before flying out to Australia to spend their summer playing in the Adelaide Premier League.

“I had a friend who referred me to the club, as he is no longer going down there because he has started a new job,” said Leverock, who helped Flatts to beat Warwick in the First Division Twenty20 final at Sea Breeze Oval on Sunday.

“They were looking for a new overseas pro, so I'll be doing that and coaching. It's a good experience to play cricket in a different country for longer than three or four weeks.”

Leverock, who plays for Nottinghamshire second XI, is looking forward to his first visit to Australia, where there is a high level of domestic cricket. “I'll adjust to the conditions and go from there,” he said.

“I'm there until April and when I get back to the UK, I'll probably start again with the Notts second team to see where that goes.”

Leverock arrived in Bermuda weekend before last to spend time with family and ended up playing in the T20 final, scoring a boundary-filled 75 in the Flatts run chase of 127. They won the match by five wickets after Leverock and Regino Smith put on 106 for the first wicket in only eight overs.

“I didn't even have any cricket gear,” he said. “I had to use everyone else's stuff. I leave on Thursday to go back to the UK for a week or so and then I'm off to Australia for six months.”

Leverock played in the inaugural Global T20 Canada tournament this summer, a member in the same title-winning Vancouver Knights team led by former West Indies captain Chris Gayle. He played just the one game, but enjoyed the experience and is open to returning next summer.

“I haven't heard anything as far as being retained, but I'll probably put myself back in the draft to see what happens,” he said.

Depending on how his schedule goes, Leverock hopes to play a game or two next season with Flatts, who gained promotion to the Premier Division.

“Most times when I come back to Bermuda, it is a last-minute thing,” he added. “I was available for Cup Match this year, but I wasn't available for the final trial match [which aspirants must play in]. It depends on my schedule in the UK.

“It's been a mixed bag since I've come back: the facilities are different from the UK, but I was just trying to show what I can do,” said Leverock, who played in the Eastern Counties second round and helped Flatts to beat Cleveland in the One First Division Championship Cup with a knock of 68.

While his team-mates rested in the pavilion after their victory over Warwick, Leverock was back out on the field giving some coaching tips to promising young fast bowler Nirobi Mills, who plays for Southampton Rangers. The former Bailey's Bay player is also a talented middle-distance runner.

“He has a lot of potential,” Leverock said. “I tell him to contact me whenever he feels like he needs some advice. I see a lot of myself in him, so I'm just trying to guide him in the right direction.

“Bermuda, at this time, doesn't have any pathways for young cricketers; football is kind of taking over the whole thing. I'm trying to create a pathway for him so that he stays interested in the game and progresses in the game while he is living on the island — until I can convince someone to get him out of the island.”

Leverock added: “He's got the height, he'll get stronger in his action and just needs to find where he is most comfortable and go from there. I try to keep up with Bermuda and see what he is doing.

“Like I've said to many people, you can add me on Facebook and if you message me, I'll answer. He reached out to me to ask for a few tips at the beginning of the summer and I told him when I get back to the island, I would give him a few tips while I'm here ... to take a look at him face to face.

“I told him to come down to Bay and after the game I would have a look at him, and give him a few tips from what I see.”

Leverock went through with the coaching despite being struck in the mouth while batting about an hour earlier by a short ball from Chare Smith. The Bermuda all-rounder was also mourning the death of a friend, young footballer Mazhye Burchall, the day before in a bike crash. He was just 20 years old.

“A lot of things are avoidable when people take interest in the youth,” Leverock said. “Once the youth feel they are wanted in a setting, they will never leave that setting.

“When a kid shows interest, you have to thrive on that interest, just to keep him doing what he needs to be doing.”

Eager to learn: Kamau Leverock has Nirobi Mills's full attention during an impromptu coaching session at Sea Breeze Oval last weekend (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published September 19, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 19, 2018 at 7:55 am)

Leverock lands gig Down Under

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