Kamau Leverock and Bermuda too hot for Triad Dragons
Wesley Cricket Stadium (Bermuda won toss): Bermuda beat Triad Dragons by 116 runs
Kamau Leverock excelled with both the bat and ball as Bermuda sauntered to a second successive romp in the T20 President Cup in Tampa, Florida, this afternoon.
The former captain made the most of three lives to smash 65 off 34 balls before retiring out at the end of the tenth over, and returned to pick up four wickets with his medium-pace as the national team swept away their North Carolinian opponents on an unseasonably nippy day.
With temperatures falling to as low as 52F, some Bermuda players could be found in at least three layers of clothing. But they more than made up for any discomfort, not to mention a bog-standard outfield that has already accounted for the injured Matty Watson, by turning up the heat on clearly overmatched opposition.
But for a difficult early chance before Leverock had reached double figures, which burst through the hands of cover, he and opening partner Terryn Fray were largely untroubled in a stand of 60 against a modest attack.
Fray perished for 22 attempting to slog his second six, but Leverock carried on maintaining a ten-run-an-over tempo.
The left-hander smashed five sixes from his last 13 balls faced, to go with five fours overall in putting Triad Dragons to the sword.
Two plays-and-misses against Shehryar Khan, comfortably the best of the opposition bowlers with his clever changes of pace, signalled the end for Leverock with the total 100 for one, as captain Delray Rawlins ushered in new man Malachi Jones to give someone else time in the middle in the wake of the nine-wicket mauling of Rebels Cricket Club 24 hours earlier.
This ultimately had the effect of the Dragons being shifted out of the frying pan and into the fire — but not before Rawlins nicked off for four attempting to whip one through the leg side.
Now the senior man in the company of Dominic Sabir, Jones teed off in explosive fashion. Taking 26 in one over from the hapless Shahid Khan, the Warwick all-rounder sprinted to 44 off only 17 balls when he was eventually out.
Jacob Albertze (27 from 21 balls) and Derrick Brangman (20 from 13) put on 42 in an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership that got Bermuda past the 200 mark.
The Dragons response never really caught fire.
The openers put on 14 but then wickets fell regularly until a seventh-wicket stand of 27 threatened to get the Americans to double figures.
However, Leverock’s return for a second spell put paid to any such illusions, and Bermuda remain without a serious test ahead of their journey south to contest the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Sub-Regional Qualifiers in Argentina.
Leverock finished with four for 20 from three overs, while Zeko Burgess claimed two for six and Jabari Darrell two for nine.
Bermuda were scheduled to be back in action this evening against local side Tampa Tigers, but withdrew was a precaution with two of their 14-member squad injured.
K Leverock retired out 65
T Fray c Haseeb b Tariq 22
*D Rawlins c Shah b Shehryar Khan 4
M Jones c Singh b Bahadur 44
D Sabir b Shehryar Khan 4
J Albertze not out 27
T Manders c Ali b Shahid Khan 3
D Brangman not out 20
Total (6 wkts; 20 overs) 204
Z Burgess, J Darrell and †S Smith did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-100, 3-102, 4-139, 5-147, 6-162.
Bowling: Haseeb 2-0-18-0; Ilyas 3-0-23-0; Tariq 3-0-39-1; K Khan 4-0-42-0; Shehryar Khan 4-0-30-2; Shahid Khan 2-0-32-1; Bahadur 2-0-16-1.
I Bahadur c Rawlins b Darrell 6
Shehryar Khan c Burgess b Darrell 5
†M Shah c Rawlins b Burgess 7
A Ali b Leverock 12
J Tariq c Albertze b Burgess 4
M Furrakh Ashraf b Jones 1
T Hammad c Albertze b Leverock 15
K Khan not out 22
A Haseeb b Leverock 0
Shahid Khan b Leverock 0
M Ilyas b Rawlins 0
Total (13.4 overs) 88
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-17, 3-26, 4-37, 5-41, 6-52, 7-79, 8-81, 9-82.
Bowling: Rawlins 2.4-0-17-1; Darrell 1-0-9-2; Burgess 2-0-6-2; Leverock 3-0-20-4; Brangman 3-1-18-0; Jones 2-0-14-1.
Umpires: F Fred and R Persaud.
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