Cavalier performance gives Somerset victory in US Open cricket
by Howard Campbell
Somerset Cavaliers Cricket Club won the ninth US Open T20 tournament on October 29 at Central Broward Regional Stadium, defeating US All Stars by seven wickets in the final.
Scores: US All Stars 158 for eight in 20 overs; Somerset Cavaliers CC 159 for three in 16.5 overs.
Leading the victory charge for Somerset Cavaliers CC was Xavier Marshall, the former West Indies and Jamaica batsman. He hit a blistering 64 off 36 deliveries, including five fours and five sixes.
The winners, who won the toss, were paced by a solid opening stand of 56 between Sunny Sohal who made 39 before being run out, and Gajanand Singh who scored 24.
The US All Stars team included West Indian players Dwayne and Darren brothers who opened the innings.
But the Trinidadian brothers’ star power could not help their team. It was Hamza Tariq who top scored with 44 which came off 30 deliveries and contained three fours and three sixes.
He was supported by the in-form Jashkaran Malothra who made 31 off 28 deliveries with three fours and one six. Malothra hit two centuries in the tournament.
Bowling for Somerset Cavaliers CC, Tahir Khan took three wickets; there were two wickets each for opening bowlers Muhammad Khalil and Syed Najafshah and Christopher Powell.
Sixteen teams from across the United States and Canada competed in the five-day tournament which is sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.
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