CPL: Green, King trample Tridents as Warriors stay unbeaten

SUMMARY: Barbados Tridents 138 all out (Duminy 38, Hales 24; Green 4-14, Tahir 2-22) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors for 81-2 (King 51*, Hemraj 20; Duminy 1-12, Lamichhane 1-21) by 12 runs (D/L method)


(Report and Photos by Akeem Greene in Barbados)

A sea of the Golden Arrowhead was waved copiously, as Guyana Amazon Warriors made it six from six in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League with a 12-run victory on D/L method against Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval Sunday evening.

It was another ‘home away from home’ atmosphere for the Warriors, who stuck to their plans and took wickets at regular intervals which stymied any counter-attack by the Tridents, who have now lost three of their five matches.

First it was Chris Green with 4-14 in 3.2 overs, then Brandon King continuing his rich form with an unbeaten 51 (5x4s; 3x6s) from 34 balls in the rain-affected chase, his third consecutive 40-plus score.

Brandon King gave Amazon Warriors another solid start

Early wickets

Despite a fortuitous 17-run first over, Johnson Charles did not capitalise on an early dropped chance and departed the ball after to Keemo Paul.

Runs came but wickets kept tumbling. Justin Greaves, who got off the mark with an exquisite square-drive for four, top-edged the steamy Romario Shepherd for 11, while in the next over Paul leaked 18 runs which pushed Tridents to 63-2 at the end of the Powerplay.

First over after the fielding restrictions, it was a double-wicket with Imran Tahir snipping out Alex Hales and Johnathan Carter. Hales was looking ominous in his 15-ball 24 (2x4s; 1×6), but picked out Shimron Hetmyer on the mid-wicket boundary.

Chris Green of Guyana Amazon Warriors celebrates the dismissal of Jean Paul Duminy of Barbados Tridents during match 19 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League between Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Kensington Oval on September 22, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Jason Holder went cheaply and at the halfway stage it was 85-5. It was ahealthy run-rate, but half of the side was already back in the hut, apart from JP Duminy, who was doing a solo revival job, which propped Tridents to 114-6 with five overs in the tank.

The South African’s resistance ended for 38 (2x4s; 2x6s) when he tried to show intent against Green, who then wrapped up the tail with back-to-back wickets.

Tridents lost their final four wickets for 24 runs in 4.2 overs.

It was like home away from home for the Guyana Amazon Warriors

Another positive start

Chandrapaul Hemraj and King continued to give the Warriors good impetus with a sparkling 52-run stand in the first six in which they took 16 runs off an Ashley Nurse over which completely swung the momentum.

Hemraj fell softly for 20 (2x4s; 1×6) via a caught and bowl chance to Sandeep Lamichhane, while Hetmyer departed through the identical route to Duminy.

King, whose exhibition of clean hitting continues to be a hallmark of this Warriors unit, smashed Lamichhane for back-to-back boundaries in the 10th over when the rain came with Warriors 77-2. The Par-score at this point was 61-2.

They returned briefly for a revised target of 97, but only one over was bowled when the rain returned and no more play was possible.

Warriors travel to St. Lucia for a clash with the Zouks on Wednesday from 18:00h, while Tridents are back in action against Jamaica Tallawahs on Monday from 18:00h.

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