ICC Americas ended their losing streak in style when they stunned Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners by 78 runs today, to grab their first win of the Regional Super50 Tournament.
Choosing to bat first at the Windward Cricket Club, Lucas Street, St Philip, ICC Americas rallied to 265 all out off their 50 overs, on the backs of half-centuries from captain Nitish Kumar (80), all-rounder Timroy Allen (69) and opener Kamau Leverock (55).
Fast bowler Jermaine Levy picked up four for 22 while off-spinner Vikash Mohan finished with three for 40.
In reply, Marooners were in the hunt at 117 for two at the half-way stage of the innings but lost their last eight wickets for 70 runs, to collapse to 187 all out off 43.3 overs.
Mark Deyal top-scored with 68 while Mohan completed a good all-round performance by stroking 30 and Aaron Jones, 23.
Off-spinner Nikhil Dutta (3-32) and leg-spinner Timil Patel (3-38) wrecked the innings and got support from left-arm spinner Saad bin Zafar who finished with two for 29.
The victory put ICC Americas on five points while Marooners remained on nine. Both sides are already out of the running for a semi-final spot.
ICC Americas, however, were unusually impressive in their turn at the crease, stumbling on occasions but refusing to collapse.
Akeem Dodson departed in the fourth over for six with the score on 14 to a catch at the wicket off Levy but Leverock struck his second half-century of the tournament in a 77-run, second wicket stand with Kumar, which repaired the innings.
The left-handed Leverock faced 61 deliveries and counted four fours and six while Kumar, a right-hander, struck three fours and a six in a controlled innings lasting 100 balls.
Leverock’s demise in the 18th over led to a slide which saw four wickets fall for 30 runs before Kumar and the big-hitting Allen put on 97 for the sixth wicket to again bolster the innings.
Allen struck five fours and a six in a breezy 73-ball knock to register his maiden List A half-century.
When he lost his captain at the end of the 43rd over, he put on a busy 33 from 31 balls for the seventh wicket with Saad bin Zafar (16) to further steady the innings.