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Kamau Leverock and Delray Rawlins fall short as Florida Scorpions miss out on US Open Cricket T20 final

So close: Kamau Leverock and his Florida Scorpions team-mates came up short after bowing out of the US Open Cricket T20 in Florida in the semi-final. (File photograph by ICC Media)

Kamau Leverock and Delray Rawlins were denied glory after their Florida Scorpions bowed out of the US Open Cricket T20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday.

The Scorpions suffered a crushing eight-wicket defeat against US All Stars in the second semi-final at the Central Broward Regional Park ground.

They posted 171 for eight after being sent in to bat, with Leverock (one) and Rawlins (seven) both dismissed cheaply.

Leverock was caught at mid on attempting to flick a delivery from Trinidadian off spinner Jon Russ Jaggesara off his pads on the on side in the second over.

An 87-run second wicket partnership between Middlesex and England wicketkeeper-batsman John Simpson (59) and Scottish international Calum MacLeod (32) steadied the ship.

Simpson reached his half century in the eighth over off 28 balls with a six over long on off Jamaican all-rounder Trevon Griffith.

But the innings took another twist when off spinner Imran Khan caught MacLeod off his own bowling to trigger a mini collapse, which saw four wickets fall for 19 runs in the space of five overs.

Among the casualties was Rawlins, who faced seven balls before being caught off the same bowler at deep mid wicket.

The Scorpions also suffered a slide near the end of the innings as three wickets tumbled for five runs.

Kyle Coetzer (31 not out), the captain, and fellow middle order batsman Harry Tector (17) were the remaining Scorpions batsmen in double figures.

Khan (two for 31) and Jaggesar (two for 41) claimed a pair of wickets each to lead the US All Stars’s bowling attack.

The Scorpions backed themselves to defend their total.

However, it proved to be easy pickings for their opponents, who replied with 172 for two to clinch victory with 25 balls to spare.

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons led the chase with the first century in the 13th edition of the tournament.

The right-handed batsman blasted 114 from 50 balls, which included ten sixes and eleven fours and dominated a 143 run opening partnership with Griffith (40) that all but sealed their team’s convincing win.

West Indies seamer Jarlanie Seales (one for 27) and Scottish leg spinner Chris Greaves (one for 15) claimed the two US All Stars wickets to fall.

Left-arm spinner Rawlins went for 12 and seamer Leverock 32 in the two overs they sent down.

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Published December 14, 2021 at 7:44 am (Updated December 14, 2021 at 7:44 am)

Kamau Leverock and Delray Rawlins fall short as Florida Scorpions miss out on US Open Cricket T20 final

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