Delray Rawlins and Kamau Leverock help guide Florida Scorpions to US Open Cricket T20 semi final
Bermudian duo Delray Rawlins and Kamau Leverock produced impressive all round displays to propel the Florida Scorpions to the semi-final of the US Open Cricket T20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday.
The Scorpions beat Samp Army by 19 runs at the Central Broward Regional Park ground to finish atop of Group B and more importantly, progress to the business end of the tournament.
Led by Rawlins’ aggressive unbeaten knock of 44 from 19 balls, which included five fours and a six, the Scorpions scored 147 for three after being sent in to bat in a match reduced to ten overs due to rain.
Compatriot Leverock hammered 33 from 16 balls with three sixes and a four and John Simpson, the Middlesex and England wicketkeeper-batsman, 37 from 13 balls which included four sixes and three fours.
Middle order batsman Richie Berrington was the remaining Scorpions player in double figures.
The Scottish international all-rounder thumped two sixes in a knock of 15 from seven balls and featured in an unbroken 50-run fourth-wicket partnership with Rawlins, who has enjoyed a stellar tournament thus far.
Guyanese and former West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Bhaskar Yadram bore the brunt of the Scorpions’ onslaught at the crease as he went for 26 in the only over he sent down with his off-breaks.
West Indies all-rounder Christopher Barnwell also came in for punishment as he leaked 15 from one over with his medium pace.
Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh was the pick of Samp Army bowling as he claimed all three wickets to tumble for 29 runs.
In reply, Samp Army scored 128 for nine with Rawlins and Leverock claiming four wickets between them.
Seamer Leverock claimed two for nine from two overs and Rawlins two for 21 from as many overs with his left-arm spin.
Scottish internationals Hamza Tahir and Safyaan Sharif also picked up two wickets each to hold their end of the bargain.
Tahir claimed two for 24 with his left-arm spin and seamer Sharif two for 14 respectively.
Leverock also grabbed two catches and Rawlins one to cap a fine all round display.
West Indies all-rounder and man of the match Rahkeem Cornwall led the Samp Army batting with an aggressive game-high 62 from 18 balls with nine sixes and a four.
South African wicketkeeper Andries Gous, the only other Samp Army batsman in double figures, added 39 from 19 with six fours and a six.
The Scorpions will face Group A runners- up US All Stars in the first semi-final today.
The remaining semi-final sees Group A winners Cavaliers 22 Yards up against Clarion County Eagles, who finished runners-up in Group B behind winners Scorpions.
As well as bragging rights, the four remaining teams will also be vying for the $100,000 up for grabs in prizes.