Cricket

Leverock still has unfulfilled ambitions

  • In the swing: Kamau Leverock joined Somerset this season

Kamau Leverock has not given up hope of showcasing his talents in the Caribbean Premier League.

The Bermuda all-rounder has not been drafted despite impressing at the Global T20 tournament in Canada, Regional Super 50 competition in the Caribbean and the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Oman last year.

However, he refuses to throw in the proverbial towel just yet.

“It’s still a long shot for me to get into those types of teams,” Leverock told The Royal Gazette. “But I will try again next year.”

This year’s CPL tournament will be held in Trinidad from August 18 to September 10, with all matches taking place behind closed doors at two venues because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barbados Tridents are the defending champions.

Meanwhile, Leverock is back on the island playing in the Premier Division Twenty20 competition for his new club Somerset Cricket Club.

He made his club debut at the weekend in a 38-run defeat against defending champions Southampton Rangers, claiming a wicket with his seam bowling and smashing 24 off eight deliveries.

“I am just trying to get back into it,” he said. “I haven’t played a game since Oman in early December, so I’m just trying to ease myself back into playing again.”

Leverock had figures of one for 30 after being brought into the bowling attack as second change. He made a blistering start with the bat facing the new ball at the top of the order with all of his runs coming in sixes in the first over of the innings.

However, his knock was short-lived as he was caught behind by Najiyah Raynor, the Rangers wicketkeeper, off the bowling of seam bowler Nirobi Mills in the next over.

“Sometimes you get a good start and sometimes a couple of calls or something happens and you get given out,” Leverock said. “You just have to come back again next game and try and correct it.”

The 25-year-old moved to Somerset from Flatts Victoria where he holds strong family ties.

Asked what prompted his decision to join Somerset, Leverock explained: “Flatts are in the First Division and I still have personal things to make sure I’m staying in tip-top shape in the game. I decided that going to Somerset would be a decent fit for me.

“Most of the teams I would play for already have a bunch of players, so I thought I’d go to Somerset.”

Leverock is still recovering from a back injury that required rehab and hopes to take advantage of opportunities, including an offer to play in Australia for the upcoming season.

“I’m just trying to sort out my back really and go from there,” he said. “Just play some internationals and see what happens in the local game when I’m back in England.”

Meanwhile, Delray Rawlins made his first appearance since rejoining Sussex at The 1st Central County Ground yesterday.

The Bermuda all-rounder was dismissed for two runs on the opening day of his side’s two-day friendly against Hampshire.

Sussex, who elected to bat, were poised at 102 for three after 27 overs when torrential rain resulted with play being abandoned late in the afternoon.

Rawlins returned to Bermuda after the start of the season was delayed because of Covid-19 and rejoined Sussex this month.