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.
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.