Hetmyer powers Warriors to second win of 2019 Hero CPL

Guyana Amazon Warriors 159/2 (Hetmyer 70*, Hemraj 33, King 27, Malik 23*, Brathwaite 1/28) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 153/8 (Thomas 62, Allen 33, Shadab 2/20, Laughlin 2/43) by 8 wickets 

Royston Alkins 

Shimron Hetmyer at his fluent best, guided the Guyana Amazon Warriors to their second win of the 2019 CPL as they recorded an impressive eight wickets win over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Saturday evening, at Providence.

Hetmyer’s knock was one of his shrewdest which ensured Warriors hunted down 153 set by Patriots inside 19 overs. 

The South American franchise in pursuit of 154 for victory, were underway with a 63 opening stand, which came at a healthy clip courtesy of Brandon King and Chandrapul Hemraj (39). The duo shared 11 sweetly timed boundaries – eight fours and three sixes between them. 

However, it was Hetmyer’s knock which separated the two teams. The Guyanese batting talent strolled to the crease following Hemraj’s demise in the seventh over. He got going by swatting Alzarri Joseph to the mid-wicket boundary for four of the 32 runs he added with King which carried Warriors to 95 – 2 when King met his demise. Skipper Shoaib Malik and Hetmyer, at that point, formed another solid partnership which saw Warriors home. Hetmyer who was pleasing to watch, ended unbeaten on 70 inclusive of seven fours and three sixes while Malik made 23. Carlos Braithwaite (1-28) and Sheldon Cottrell (1-35 werethe pick of the bowlers for Patriots.  

Earlier in the evening, Warriors won the toss and inserted the visitors. They once again displayed excellent control, restricting the visitors to 153-8 from their full complement of overs. Devon Thomas was the mainstay of the innings, carving out seven fours and two sixes in his knock of 62. He got support from Fabian Allen (33) who gave the innings a higher tempo during the back-end overs. 

Shadab Khan was once again the most successful Warriors bowler; he nabbed 2-20 while receiving valuable support from Chris Green (1-18) and Romario Shepherd (1-26) who were economical on the night as Ben Laughlin (2-43) and Keemo Paul (1-44) went for runs. 

Warriors’ next encounter will be against the Tridents today from (5pm) at Providence Stadium