CPL: Brandon King places Guyana in top 4, Jamaica improves chances of qualifying
The Guyana Amazon Warriors took advantage of a batting performance from Brandon King to return to the top four in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) standings with a 17-point victory over the Saint Lucia Kings.
The Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to strike first. They overcame an early loss to post a competitive score of 151 for six led by Brandon King (77).
Guyana, who needed a win to get back into the play-off loop, lost three first wickets in PowerPlay as Wahab Riaz and Jeavor Royal made early forays.
King saved the Amazon Warriors with his first Hero CPL 50 of the season, but other than Nicholas Pooran’s 25, no drummer was able to stay with him. Once King fell, Odean Smith was able to add a few sixes to bring Guyana to a tough 151.
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Saint Lucia Kings was cautious in her response and lost three points to 43 on the board. Gudakesh Motie’s tight bowling saw him take two for 12 of his four overs.
Roston Chase and Tim David collected 75 of 63 aggressive balls, but at that point Naveen Ul-Haq and Odean Smith had four excellent passes to seal two crucial points for the Amazon Warriors.
Amazon Warriors of Guyana 151/6 (King 77, Pooran 25; Wahab 2/16, Royal 2/17) beat the kings of Saint Lucia 134/6 (David 47 *, Chase 40; Motie 2/12, Smith 2/12) by 17 races
Tallawahs defeats the Patriots
In the other game, the Jamaican Tallawahs again beat the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots with a 22-point victory at Warner Park.
The Patriots won the toss and chose to play, but the Tallawahs managed to post a significant 169/8 score, thanks in large part to the power of Captains Rovman Powell and Andre Russell.
The Patriots were unable to accelerate and chase the total as Tallawah bowlers Imad Wasim, Veerasammy Permaul and Migael Pretorius helped produce a disciplined bowling performance that earned the franchise their third win of the season. .
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Kennar Lewis and young Kirk McKenzie at bat in the first five overs gave Tallawahs a steady start. Shamarh Brooks scored the best with 43 points from 39 balls to consolidate, before Powell and Russell reached quick points to take the score to a substantial total.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, on the other hand, got off to an indifferent start, losing batsman Evin Lewis in second, followed by captain Chris Gayle.
Devon Thomas and Joshua da Silva tried to build a foundation, but the wickets tumbled and only Dominic Drakes later in the innings was able to hit at the speed required to chase the target, hitting 22 runs from just 12 balls. Once Drakes was out, all of the Patriots’ hopes for victory evaporated.
Jamaica Tallawahs 169/8 (Brooks 43, Powell 37, Russell 28; Fawad 2/14, Jaggesar 2/20) beat the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots 147/8 (Thomas 35, da Silva 28; Pretorius 3/26, Permaul 2/31) by 22 runs.