Amazon Warriors arrive for home leg of CPL
The Guyana Amazon Warriors returned to these shores on Sunday to begin their phase of home matches in the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
The two-time runners-up have produced some scintillating performances from their first two matches; firstly, clinging on to thrilling four-wicket win over hosts St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots last Thursday then stunning defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders on Saturday with a six-wicket win in the twin-island Republic.
Head Coach of the team, Roger Harper, explained that the victories are extremely satisfying and is seeking to use the home matches as a chance to solidify their position on the points table.
Harper said, “I think everyone is happy with the results that we had over the last two games and the way the team has performed, but we know it’s only the first two games; there is still a lot of way to go in the competition, so we not getting carried away, we are coming home and looking to control our position at home.”
The coach is of the firm belief that the team synergy, in addition to some senior players making telling contributions at the required time is the reason behind their success.
“I think everyone is enjoying each other’s company, the team spirit is very high; as far as performances are concerned, it’s not about what the team looks like on paper, it’s about how the guys perform on the park and I think a lot of senior guys are putting their hands up and trying to lead from the front, so that is very good for the team,”Harper posited.
Quizzed on how much the surface at the National Stadium, Providence, will boost their chances of continuing on the winning path, the former West Indies all-rounder explained that the experiences from the pre-tournament camp should aid the team, but it is about replicating those performances in the middle.
“We had a camp here, we [are] trying to make sure we get used to our conditions home here but we still have to go out and do it on the park.”
The Warriors first test will be the Jamaica Tallawahs on July 7 from 19:00h, then they tackle the Patriots on July 9 from 12:00h.
The highly anticipated clash against the Knight Riders will bowl off at 19:00h on July 10, after which they play their final home match against the St. Lucia Zouks on July 12 from 19:00h.
Photo caption: The Guyana Amazon Warriors players and management team upon arrival in Guyana on Sunday afternoon. They were joined by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones (second left)