Sandwiched in the middle of the CPL points table, both the Patriots and Amazon Warriors have a golden opportunity to potentially rise to the top of the competition at the conclusion of this match. St Kitts and Nevis have won their last two matches which might give them the upper hand ever so slightly, the loss of Guyana’s captain might also have an impact on the visitors.
It’s refreshing to see the likes of Ben Cutting, Anton Devcich and Brandon King coming out of the shadows and producing the goods when some of their key players are kept quiet. Evin Lewis has been one in particular who hasn’t been able to get going in CPL18, the Patriots opener has limped to a lacklustre 15 runs in five matches which would be a huge disappointment to both he and the team. CPL17 saw Lewis and Chris Gayle become the most powerful batting combination in the league, fast-forward one year and it’s barely recognizable that this was once a destructive opening duo. Their openers may be out of sync, but the rest of the line-up has done a great job chipping in with handy little knocks here and there. Devon Thomas is one of those batsmen who comes to mind, he’s been able to more often than not come through with the goods when he’s been called upon. Scores of 58, 38* and 32 suggests that the Patriots wicketkeeper-batsman probably deserves a promotion ahead of Lewis up the order, but given their shaky top order he’s having to anchor the innings in the middle order which isn’t his game, he’s more of a “hit out or get out” type of player. Aussie all-rounder Ben Cutting has done surprisingly well for St Kitts and Nevis in the tournament, he plays a unique role for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL which usually sees him bowl a couple overs on average and come in towards the backend of the innings with the bat. It looks as if Cutting has embraced his opportunity in CPL18 where he’s taken six wickets with the ball and struck some unbeaten 20’s with the willow. If Carlos Brathwaite could come to the party with either bat or ball, this team would be a real headache to come up against.
With the loss of their captain Shoaib Malik who’s flown out of the Caribbean to prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup, Guyana face even more challenges after going down to the bottom-placed Stars in their last outing. Kiwi Luke Ronchi is expected to take over the captaincy which could see Chris Green make his way back into the starting XI in Malik’s absence. Chadwick Walton is always one to keep an eye for the Amazon Warriors, but his tournament has left a lot to be desired in terms of performance. Walton has an uncanny-ability to find the boundary, I think in just about every game the Guyana opener has found the fence with either a four or six; he just hasn’t been able to stay at the crease long enough though. Local off-spinner Veerasammy Permaul came in for his first game of CPL18 and impressed immediately. The 29-year-old went straight through the gate of Simmons and Cornwall for the Tridents which sparked some excitement, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to inspire a victory. South African veteran Imran Tahir has been solid for Guyana, his consistency has been unquestionable claiming seven scalps in the tournament already. Spin seems to be the Amazon Warriors best option in terms of taking wickets at the moment, sometimes costly but equally worth the risk if breakthroughs are being made. The real hype & buzz around this team at the moment has to be directed at Shimron Hetmyer, at just 21-years of age this young man is leading by example at No. 3. Hetmyer opened CPL18 with an unbeaten 79 against this very team, but his maiden-T20 century against the Tallawahs has been the highlight of the tournament so far for Guyana.
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots | CPL | 19th match | Warner Park
- Chris Gayle
- Devon Thomas
- Ben Cutting
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Sheldon Cottrell
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | CPL | 19th match | Warner Park
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Luke Ronchi
- Chadwick Walton
- Imran Tahir
- Veerasammy Permaul
Wildcard pick – Cameron Delport
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle © 2. Evin Lewis 3. Brandon King 4. Devon Thomas (wk) 5. Anton Devcich 6. Tom Cooper 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ben Cutting 9. Carlos Brathwaite 10. Hayden Walsh 11. Sheldon Cottrell.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton 2. Luke Ronchi (c & wk) 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Cameron Delport 5. Sherfane Rutherford 6. Jason Mohammed 7. Sohail Tanvir 8. Rayad Emrit 9. Veerasammy Permaul 10. Devendra Bishoo/Chris Green 11. Imran Tahir.