Leading runscorer Griffith, centurion Simmons and six-hitting Hemraj impress in US Open T20

- Hemraj hits 17 sixes, most in the competition

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West Indians Trevon Griffith, Lendl Simmons and Chandrapaul Hemraj have emerged as the top three leading runscorers of the just concluded US Open T20 competition.

While Simmons stroked the competition’s only century and finished with the second most runs, Guyanese Griffith was the leading runscorer, while his compatriot Hemraj had the third most.

Playing for USA All Stars, left-hander Griffith finished with 233 runs in five innings at an outstanding average of 77.6. The highest of his two half-centuries was 59, while he struck 11 sixes.

Griffith’s teammate Simmons made 217 runs from five innings at an average of 43, including the tournament’s highest individual score of 114.

Hemraj, who led the batting efforts of eventual champions Cavaliers 22 Yards, tallied 207 runs in five innings at an average of 41.4 and a highest of 75. Notably, Hemraj struck the most sixes in the competition (17).

Hemraj, who has represented the West Indies in six ODIs, now has five fifties in 15 innings in the US Open, with a highest of 87. His 632 runs in three seasons have come at an average of 52.6, while his strike rate is an astounding 189.22.

On the bowling side, Trinidad and Tobago off-spinner Jon Russ Jaggesar of US All Stars ended as the leading wicket-taker with 13 scalps in six games at an average of 9.69.

In the final, Cavaliers 22 Yards defeated US All Stars by 11 runs after making 150-7.

SUMMARY: Cavaliers 22 Yards 150-7 from 20 overs (Steven Taylor 47, Hammad Azam 23, Chandrapaul Hemraj 20; Trevon Griffith 2-25, Jon-Russ Jaggesar 2-33) vs US All Stars 139-7 from 20 overs (Trevon Griffith 57, Denesh Ramdin 29, Syed Najafshah 2-25).

The competition attracted 10 teams split equally across two groups.

Group One had Cavaliers 22 Yards, US All Stars, Brampton Pacers, Yankee Royals and NDCC Mace Royals, while Group Two comprised Florida Scorpions, Clarion County Eagles, Samp Army, Punjab Blues and Titans Cricket Club.

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