Pre-tournament favourites US All Stars 2017 and California Bears 2017 have entered the semi-finals of the US Open T20 tournament being played at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida.
Smart Choice too qualified for the semis and will play US All Stars 2017 in the 2nd semi-final. California Bears 2017 await the winners of 3rd Quarter-final to know their opponents in the 1st semi-final.
In the first quarter-final, California Bears 2017 were pitted against Chicago Catcher. Chicago could muster only 141/5 in their 20 overs against strong Bears bowling attack. Moin Babar (44 n.o off 26) and Shaheer Hasan (36 off 28) made notable contributions. Davion Davidson picked up 3/19 and was well supported by Ashar Zaidi (1/17).
California Bears lost their openers quickly but Kjorn Ottley (60 n.o off 26) and Evin Lewis (61 off 26) ensured no more hiccups as they romped to 145/3 in only 10.3 overs to win the match by 7 wickets.
In the 2nd quarter-final, US Tigers & Smart Choice played a high run scoring match with US Tigers posting 206/4 in their 20 overs, batting first.
Sean Dickson (76 n.o off 45) powered the innings with partnerships with Nitish Kumar (33 off 25) & Roelof van der Merwe (34 off 18). Elmore Hutchinson clobbered 11 off 3 to finish the innings.
With all bowlers getting punished, Shazam Babwah (1/27 off 4 overs) returned good figures for Smart Choice.
Smart Choice needed a similar innings that played by Dickson, and we’re provided exactly that as Akeem Alvarez played a blinder of an innings scoring 83 n.o in only 38 deliveries and was helped along by Taufeeq Umar (38 off 20), Brian Gayle Trooper (33 off 29) & Shazam Babwah (24 off 13), as Smart Choice shocked US Tigers by reaching 210/6 in 19.4 overs, this winning the match by 4 wickets.
In the 3rd semi-final, Bravo brothers stole the show with Darren Bravo smashing 94 n.o off 59 deliveries with Rizwan Cheema propelling the total in the final overs scoring 36 off 27, as US All Stars 2017 posted a strong 192/5 in their 20 overs against Washington Tigers.
Imran Awan & Usman Shahid picked up 2 wickets apiece for Washington Tigers.
In reply, Dwayne Bravo ripped apart the top and late batting order by picking 4/25 as Washington Tigers managed to reach only 159/9 in their 20 overs, thus, loosing the contest by 33 runs.
Anil Bhatti (44 off 26) & Derick Naraine (28 off 15) played useful knocks for the Tigers whereas Junaid Siddiqui (2/24) & Muhammad Ali Khan (1/25) supported Bravo well.