Bermuda cruise to big win over Argentina
Delray Rawlins and Kamau Leverock produced fine all-round displays to guide Bermuda to an emphatic 107-run win over an Argentina XI in their final ICC T20 World Cup Sub-Regional Qualifiers warm-up match in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.
Leverock top scored with 97 and captain Rawlins 91 as the national team piled up 226 for four after being sent in by their hosts on a good batting track.
The all-rounders also led the charge with the ball, with Rawlins claiming two for 18 and Leverock two for 22 to restrict Argentina to 119 for five in their reply. Derrick Brangman, the left-arm spinner, claimed the other wicket to fall on the way to figures of one for 19.
Opener Pedro Baron led the Argentina batting with 57 while Tomas Rossi (two for 29) and Pedro Arrighi (two for 45) were the pick of a bowling attack that was ruthlessly put to the sword by Bermuda’s top order.
Bermuda got off to a flying start with Leverock and Tre Manders producing an opening partnership of 79 as they inflicted heavy damage on an Argentina attack that struggled with their line and length.
Leverock thumped successive boundaries of Arrighi to bring up the 50-run partnership in the fifth over and kept his foot on the gas as Bermuda blasted 60 off the powerplay overs. The left-hander reached his fifty, which came off just 26 deliveries, in style after dispatching Rossi to the third-man boundary for four two overs later.
Argentina finally made the breakthrough when Manders (19) was caught at mid -wicket as he attempted to hook an Arrighi full toss on the final ball of the eighth over.
Leverock and new partner Terryn Fray (2) carried the score along to 95 before Fray was trapped leg before when playing back to a good delivery from Rossi.
That brought Rawlins to the crease and along with the well-set Leverock, the pair added 99 runs in a third- wicket partnership that ultimately put the match far beyond Argentina’s reach.
Leverock, who smashed 12 fours and fours sixes during his 56-ball knock, brought up Bermuda’s hundred in the 11th over with successive boundaries off off-break bowler Alan Kirschbaum.
Rawlins kept the pressure on at the opposite end as he hammered legspinner Lautaro Musiani for successive sixes to bring up the island’s 150 just four overs later.
The Sussex player then shifted into overdrive as he smashed 32 off Argentina captain Hernan Fennell in the seventeenth over to bring up his fifty off 21 balls.
Leverock’s electrifying 72-minute innings came to a halt just three runs shy of a century when he was caught after charging Arrighi.
Incoming batter Malachi Jones nudged Arrighi to third man and scampered through for three runs to bring up 200 for Bermuda in the next over. Needing 15 off the last over for his century, Rawlins unleashed another vicious assault but ultimately fell short after playing over a fuller Arrighi delivery.
The Bermuda captain struck nine sixes and six fours and faced 33 balls during his 41-minute stay at the crease.
Argentina had their work cut out with a required run-rate of nearly 12 per over in their reply.
Baron and wicketkeeper Ramiro Escobar added 20 for the first wicket before first-change Leverock made the breakthrough in the third over when the latter played on after swiping at a delivery pitched well outside off stump.
Argentina then steadied the ship but struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over with only 45 off the powerplay overs.
Despite problems in the field, Bermuda struck again in the twelfth over when Alejandro Ferguson got a leading edge and was sensationally caught by Rawlins, who took the ball over his shoulder.
Leverock came back for a second spell at the start of the sixteenth over and rattled Musiani’s off stump with a brilliant delivery before Baron reached his fifty off 59 balls in the next over after taking a single off Justin Pitcher.
He was finally dislodged when Rawlins took a return catch off his bowling with the first ball of the last over and the Bermuda captain then struck again when he had Alan Kirschbaum caught by Jacob Albertze at long-on with the last delivery of the match.
The win was the second in as many days for Bermuda after beating the same side, bar a couple of changes, by six wickets the previous day and they will next face Cayman in their opening ICC T20 World Cup Sub-Regional qualifying match on Saturday.
ICC T20 WORLD CUP AMERICAS SUB-REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
Argentina XI v Bermuda
Belgrano CC, Buenos Aires (Argentina XI won toss): Bermuda beat Argentina XI by 107 runs
K Leverock c Musiani v Arrighi 97
T Manders c Arrigo b T Rossi 19
T Fray lbw b T Rossi 2
*D Rawlins b Arrighi 91
M Jones not out 7
J Pitcher not out 1
Extras (w 3, lb 1, b 5) 9
Total (4 wkts; 20 overs) 226
D Sabir, J Albertze, Z Burgess, D Brangman and †J Richardson did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-95, 3-194, 4-224.
Bowling: Kirschbaum 4-0-43-0; Fennell 4-0-64-0; Arrighi 4-0-45-2; T Rossi 4-0-29-2; Musini 2-0-28-0; Agustin 2-0-11-0.
P Baron c and b Rawlins 57
†R Escobar b Leverock 1
A Ferguson c Rawlins b Brangman 26
L Musiani b Leverock 6
A Kirschbaum c Albertze b Rawlins 14
D Mauro not out 0
Extras (lb 3, w 6, nb 1, b5) 15
Total (5 wkts; 20 overs) 119
T Rossi, P Arrighi, P Rivero Agustin, *H Fennell, A Mustafa did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-77, 3-91, 4-116, 5-119.
Bowling: Rawlins 4-0-18-2; Burgess 3-0-13-0; Leverock 3-0-22-2; Brangman 4-0-19-1; Jones 4-0-19-0; Pitcher 2-0-20-0
Umpires: E Carrington (Bermuda) and N Duguid (Guyana).
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