All-rounder Leverock off to Australia for six-month stint

Friday, September 21, 2018

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Globe-trotting Bermudian all-rounder Kamau Leverock is to fly to Australia next week to play a season with Adelaide outfit Walkerville Cricket Club, the Royal Gazette newspaper here said.

Leverock, 23, who is back in Bermuda, where he helped Flatts beat Warwick in the First Division Twenty20 final at Sea Breeze Oval on Sunday, will return to England for a week before heading to Australia to spend the summer playing in the Adelaide Premier League.

“I had a friend who referred me to the club. (Walkerville) was looking for a new overseas pro, so I'll be doing that and coaching for six months. It's a good experience to play cricket in a different country for longer than three or four weeks.”

Leverock, who plays for English county Nottinghamshire's second XI, is looking forward to his first visit to Australia.

“I'll adjust to the conditions and go from there,” said Leverock, the son of Bermuda-based Barbadian police officer Dave Greenidge and nephew of burly former Bermuda slow bowler Dwayne Leverock.

“I'm there until April and when I get back to the UK, I'll probably start again with the Notts second team to see where that goes.”

Leverock, a right-arm fast-medium bowler who bats left-handed, played in the inaugural Global T20 Canada tournament this summer, a member in the same title-winning Vancouver Knights team led by former West Indies captain Chris Gayle.

He played only one game, but enjoyed the experience and is open to returning next summer, he told the Gazette.

“I haven't heard anything as far as being retained, but I'll probably put myself back in the draft to see what happens,” he said.

In June, Leverock said he was taking a break from playing for his country to concentrate on playing for Nottingham's second XI after being at the centre of a row which led to a two-match ban during Bermuda's disastrous tour of Malaysia in April and May.

Leverock was dropped for Bermuda's opening two games of the ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Malaysia after an expletive-laden outburst during the final practice, sparked by team-mates ribbing him about a series of no-balls in the nets.

Bermuda lost both games heavily — against Denmark and Uganda — but Leverock returned for the third game, in which he smashed a half-century to secure a 58-run victory against Jersey and earn the man-of-the-match award.

However, it proved to be Bermuda's lone victory of the tournament which saw them relegated, along with Vanuatu, to Division Five, just 11 years after competing in the World Cup in the Caribbean.

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