Hemraj, Pooran, Rutherford, Shepherd propel Warriors to third win

Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 180/4 (Hemraj 63, Pooran 61*, Rutherford 32*, Primus 2/35) beat Barbados Tridents 133 (Nurse 40, Duminy 20, Shepherd 4/13, Shadab 2/39) by 47 runs

By Royston Alkins 

Half-centuries from Chandrapaul Hemraj and Nicholas Pooran coupled with another clinical outing with the ball, headlined Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 47 run win over the Barbados Tridents Sunday evening, at Providence in this year’s CPL. 

Chandrapaul Hemraj

It was Warriors’ third consecutive win of the tournament, one where Hemraj, Pooran and Sherfane Rutherford showed little mercy on a meek looking Tridents bowling unit while an epic rearguard performance by Romario Shepherd with the ball proved to be too much for the Jason Holder led side. 

The afternoon began with Warriors who were invited to take first strike, reaching 31 – 1 at the end of the first power play. Hemraj, during that time, gave the capacity crowd early cheers by belting his West Indies skipper Jason Holder into the stands on two occasions. Brandon King (1) was the man dismissed by Holder in the third over. 

Nevertheless, the left hander went about his business in a no nonsense manner and joined forces with Shimron Hetmyer (9) who got his innings going by smacking Ashley Nurse into the stands. His innings though ended prematurely by a spark of brilliance from substitute fielder Hayden Walsh Jr. who took a stunning catch at backward point off Roshon Primus to leave the score on 43-2 in the eighth over. 

Nicholas Pooran

Hemraj still appeared unflappable, pouncing on anything loose even as he lost skipper Shoaib Malik (4) who became Primus’ second victim on the stroke of the halfway point. The score rested on 63-3. The left-handed Guyanese at that juncture, neared his maiden T20 fifty. Nicholas Pooran was his new partner. 

However, the spotlight was firmly fixed on Hemraj who wacked Ashley Nurse into the Presidential Suit to register his maiden T20 half-century. He also picked up the singles on offer to control the tempo of the game to see the score to 102 – 3 at the end of 15 overs before being dismissed for an accomplished knock of 63 an over later. 

Sherfane Rutherford

Pooran meanwhile, began to push the innings along and found an able partner in Sherfane Rutherford. The pair teed off and blasted 78 runs from the last five overs to carry Warriors to an imposing 180-4 at the end of their 20 overs. Pooran who was audacious, struck five maximums and three fours in his unbeaten knock of 61 while Rutherford ended unbeaten on 32 from 14 deliveries inclusive of four sixes. Primus 2-35 was the pick of the bowlers. 

Tridents in pursuit of their target, got off to the worse possible start after Hemraj bowled the dangerous Alex Hales (0) first ball of the innings. They never really got into the run chase and were dismissed for 133 in 16.4 overs with Ashley Nurse (40), J.P Duminy (20), and Johnson Charles (19) being the chief scorers. Warriors’ bowling effort was spearheaded by Shepherd (4-13), Shadab Khan (2-39), Hemraj (1-10), Malik (1-5), Keemo Paul (1-11) who all shared the glory. The South American base franchise will look to extend their unbeaten run when they come up against Patriots on September 14 in St Kitts. (Getty Images)