The Guyana Amazon Warriors left a packed house heartbroken after folding to the Jamaican Tallawahs by two runs in a thrilling final over, as they began their home leg of this year’s Caribbean Premier league (CPL) with a school boyish display, last evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.
Warriors who were in pursuit of 129 for victory, were well placed at 113 for 2 at the end of the 18th over with wickets in hand while needing 16 runs from 12 deliveries.
Babar Azam (23) however, who batted at snail’s pace and Roshan Primus both perished in the final over to seamer Kesrick Williams who dished out several slower deliveries, in deceptive fashion, to see his side home. He ended with 3 – 30 form his fours overs and not surprisingly adjudged player of the match.
Opener Chadwick Walton top scored with 37, while Martin Guptill faced 41 balls for his 33 as Jason Mohammed ended unbeaten on 24 from 18 balls.
Tallawahs were earlier sent in a crawled to 128 – 7 which would eventually prove to be too much for the Warriors, in front of a packed house with 20 – year old Kiwi opener Glenn Philips batting the majority of the innings to score 51 from 41 deliveries, a knock inclusive of four boundaries and a solitary maximum.
He received support from Lendl Simmons and Guyanese Jonathan Foo both of whom scored 20 apiece as off spinner Steven Jacobs tuned in an impressive night to snare 2 – 18 from his allotted overs.