ICC Americas players and fans can breathe with some relief after they won against the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in the 2017 WICB Regional Nagico Super50.
ICC Americas won the toss and posted a total of 265 all out and restricted CCC for 187. It was certainly a great and improved effort from the visiting Americans.
Three ICC Americas batters went on to compile scores of fifty and more, opener Kamau Leverock, 55, captain Nitish Kumar 80, and all-rounder Timroy Allen, 69.
Kamau Leverock and skipper Nitish Kumar came together after opener Akeem Dodson fell for 6, caught by Amir Jangoo off the bowling of Jermaine Levy. Their second-wicket partnership yielded 77 runs from 87 balls which is by far a better strike than in previous games/partnerships, with Leverock leading the contribution with 49 and Kumar posting 22. Leverock eventually fell to spinner Vikash Mohan for 55 that came off 61 deliveries and included 4 fours and one six.
The other meaningful partnership was between Kumar and number seven batsman Timroy Allen. He would have seen the wickets of Alex Amsterdam, Srimantha Wijeyeratne and Hamza Tariq who all went cheaply. Amsterdam for a duck, Wijeyeratne for 13, and Tariq for a duck as well.
From 2 for 91, after the three wickets fell, the scorecard read 125 for 5 off 26 overs. ICC Americas lost those three wickets for 34 runs from just 8.4 overs.
The combination of Nitish’s crafty batsman-like style along with the blunderer Timroy Allen, would pose a match-winning partnership of 97 that came from 105 deliveries.
Kumar brought up his second fifty of the tournament with a four and went on to produce another skipper’s knock of 80 from 101 balls. He was caught by Kyle Corbin off Nino Henry.
Allen would accelerate his innings after scoring his first 11 runs from just twenty-five balls, he would then hit back to back fours as he grew in confidence.
Saad Bin Zafar and Nikhil Dutta would reach double figures contributing 16 and 11 respectively.
Nino Henry claimed the two prized wickets of the game that of skipper Kumar, and Allen who was bowled for a well-played 69, which came off 73 balls.
Nino Henry’s first two overs cost him 13 runs which were the 9th and 11th overs of the game. He came back into the attack at the 37th over and finished the inning with 2 for 72 off his nine overs.
Jermaine Levy was the most successful bowler sending down five overs and picking up 4 for 22, as Vikash Mohamed grabbed 3 wickets and Ryan Hinds one.
Combined Campuses and Colleges would have a similar start to that of ICC Americas, they were at 95 when the second wicket fell, while ICC Americas was at 91.
Amir Jangoo and Mark Deyal posted 41 for the first-wicket, as Jangoo was beautifully stumped by Hamza Tariq off the bowling of Nitish Kumar for 16. Incoming batsman Vikash Mohan along with Deyal would produce the highest partnership of the inning, that of 44 runs. Deyal who hit a composed 68 was eventually caught by Srimantha Wijeyeratne off the bowling of Timil Patel. The two other major contributors were Vikash Mohan (30) and Aaron Jones (23).
ICC Americas bowlers were on top of their game, especially the spinners as they kept things tight at both ends of the wicket.
Timil Patel and Nikhil Dutta had three wickets each, while Saad Bin Zafar picked up two and one each for Timroy Allen and Nitish Kumar.