Somerset Cavaliers win the 11th US Open T-20 Cricket Title in a dominant fashion


The winners of the 11th edition of US Open T-20 Cricket exhibited great cricketing skills and entertained the cricket fans throughout the tournament. In their first match against Nepali Rhinos CC, Somerset restricted NRCC to a modest total of 78 for the loss of 8 wickets in 10 overs after winning the toss and choosing to field first. Unpleasantly, for NRCC only Sagar Pant and Shuja Naqvi managed to score double figures where the former contributed 25 runs off 14 balls (1 four and 2 sizes) and the latter contributed 15 off 11 balls (1 four and 1 six). In reply, Somerset openers thrashed NRCC’s bowlers as Kennar Lewis scored 28 runs off 14 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes and Hemraj Chandrapaul managed an unbeaten 49 runs on just 16 balls (3 fours and 5 sixes) with a glamorous strike rate of 306.25.
In their second match against Tigers Cricket Club, Somerset won the toss again and chose to field first. They restricted TCC to 82 runs and grabbing 5 wickets in 10 overs. For TCC, Vijay Balagopala managed an impressive 45 off 27 with 6 solid fours and a six. In reply, Somerset Cavaliers chased the target successfully with a solid partnership between Hemraj Chandrapaul who added 34 runs off just 16 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes and Xavier Marshall scored 43 runs in just 19 deliveries with 7 fours and 1 six.
Somerset faced California Kings in their third match where they lost the toss and batted first setting up a good total of 139 with the loss of 4 wickets in 10 overs. Even though Somerset’s top order collapsed earlier as expected, from the middle order Sohaib Maqsood hammered 62 runs off 19 deliveries with 8 solid sixes and 2 fours. He was supported by Navin Stewart who contributed 28 runs off 14 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes. The target seemed very challenging for California Kings as they fell off the chase with 42 uns left. Navneet Dhaliwal scored 34 off 21 and Iqbal sangha scored 22 off 11 for California Kings.
Winning the toss and choosing to field first in the first semifinal, Somerset shocked Houston Stars as they were knocked off for just 49 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in 10 overs which Somerset comfortably chased in 4 overs with the loss of just one wicket.
In an unexpected final, Somerset Cavaliers faced Atlanta fire. Atlanta fire won the toss and chose to bat first. They were restricted to just 103 runs with the loss of 8 wickets in 15 overs which Somerset easily chased with the loss of no wicket as its openers Kennar Lewis and Hemraj Chandrapaul shone again and mmanaged impressive half centuries in just 32 and 29 balls. Kennar hit 6 fours and 3 sixes whereas Hemraj knocked off 5 sixes and 3 fours to take Somerset Cavaliers to a well-deserved victory.

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