King, Malik among the runs as Warriors beat Rest XI


Guyana Amazon Warriors had a solid outing with the bat and then followed up with the ball, beating a Rest XI by 59 runs in a warm-up game on Monday night at the National Stadium, Providence.

Batting first after winning the toss, Warriors racked up an imposing 210-6 under the floodlights and in the presence of a sprinkling of spectators. The Rest XI responded with 151-6.

The match formed part of preparations by the Warriors for participation in the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2019, set to bowl off on Wednesday.

The Warriors were given a rousing start by Guyanese left-hander Chandrapaul Hemraj and Jamaican Brandon King, who added 88 for the first wicket in just 7.2 overs.

Hemraj was the first to go for a 20-ball 34, cracking five fours and one six. King was the second batsman to depart for a top score of 66, spanning 40 balls and including 10 fours and two sixes.

Anthony Bramble, who batted at three, made 16, before skipper Shoaib Malik and West Indies limited-over batsman Nicholas Pooran powered the latter half of the innings, with some robust hitting.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors players leave the field after the win on Monday evening

Malik looked in fine touch, hitting eight sweetly-timed fours in 47 off 26 balls, while Pooran bludgeoned two sixes in 20 off 13.

Guyana Jaguars fast bowler Keon Joseph claimed 2-39, while there was one apiece for Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed, Ricardo Adams and Gudakesh Motie.

Rest XI were given a solid start of 50 in 5.1 overs by Trevon Griffith and Robin Bacchus, but once they were separated the chase was basically over.

Griffith struck a shot-filled 35 off 15 balls and Bacchus made 12. Skipper Leon Johnson scored 21, before former West Indies Under-19 wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach batted purposefully to topscore with an unbeaten 39 off 31 balls.

Off-spinner Chris Green took 2-14 from four overs and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul 2-32 off four.

The Warriors will play another practice game against the Rest XI on Tuesday evening from 18:00h as they seek to finalise the starting XI for the opening game against St. Lucia Zouks on Thursday.

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