The Amazon Warriors have a golden opportunity to make it two wins from two games and potentially climb to the top of the points table in the process. Their opposition on the other hand continue to struggle in the competition with this year’s CPL being no different. St Lucia’s confidence took a beating against Trinbago as they plummeted to a 100-run defeat, can they show some fight against Guyana or will it be another one-sided contest?
It took some doing to defeat the classy St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their tournament opener, in the end their only obstacle was the hard-hitting Chris Gayle who carried his side to a respectable total as he broke away with a trademark knock of 86 from 65 deliveries. Guyana’s bowling wasn’t overly impressive, seamer Sohail Tanvir kept things tight finishing with 1/24 from his full quota of overs, but it was 20-year-old local all-rounder Keemo Paul who produced the best figures of the day. Two crucial middle order wickets from Paul saw him walk away with a satisfactory & very economical 2/16 with the match set up perfectly for Guyana. The Amazon Warriors did their best to unravel all their good work in the field early, two of their best attacking batsmen Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi managed just nine runs between them before West Indian young gun Shimron Hetmyer went on a rampaging-run. Hetmyer translated some of his good work on the International stage for the Windies into a match-winning knock for Guyana as he embraced the spotlight as well as the pressure to perform on cue. Guyana’s No. 3 got his team home finishing the innings unbeaten on 79 off just 45 deliveries, it was a breakout match for Hetmyer in the CPL which should cement his spot in the side for an extended period. They’re up against easily the worst performing team in the competition, if they just stick to their game plan and have a few solid performers they should win this game comfortably. It’s extremely unlikely that Walton, Ronchi and skipper Shoaib Malik will all fall short of their lofty-standards again, veteran Proteas spinner Imran Tahir could also have a big day out in the wickets department.
Where do I start, another horror-campaign is on the cards for St Lucia if they don’t get their act together quickly, plain and simple. They recruited really well ahead of CPL18, they poached some of the Tallawahs best performers from CPL17 and all of sudden they looked like big title contenders on paper. Well, you can just about erase any thoughts you had of the Stars featuring in the playoffs after they were savagely beaten by a deficit of 100 runs in the season opener. What looked like a fresh start after a dismal-2017 campaign quickly turned into a case of déjà vu for St Lucia. Mohammad Sami was horrendous on debut for the Stars conceding 51 runs from just four overs as well as being held wicketless, something out of the ordinary for Sami. One of the three Tallawahs recruits playing in this game, seamer Kesrick Williams didn’t let his new side down impressing with figures of 2/28 as his variations did the trick. All in all, the bowing attack was solid despite a few minor blemishes. Their batting is the concern, again… Quite honestly, it just about summed up last season’s tournament with Andre Fletcher contributing the most runs at the top of the order while the rest of the line-up disintegrated. Fletcher may have only scored 19, but it was simultaneous of last year’s efforts. Former Aussie opener David Warner had an absolute shocker, he dropped a catch and scored a scrappy run-a-ball 9, Lendl Simmons struggled against spin and Kieron Pollard looked to manipulate the ball through the field which isn’t his natural game. It’s too early to write them off as title contenders, but they’re stumbling down the same path as 2017.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Guyana Amazon Warriors | CPL | 4th match | Providence
- Chadwick Walton
- Imran Tahir
- Shoaib Malik
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Sohail Tanvir
Wildcard pick – Jason Mohammed
Top 5 fantasy picks | St Lucia Stars | CPL | 4th match | Providence
- Kesrick Williams
- Andre Fletcher
- Kieron Pollard
- Mitchell McClenaghan
- Lendl Simmons
Wildcard pick – Darren Sammy
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Chadwick Walton 2. Luke Ronchi (wk) 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Shoaib Malik © 5. Jason Mohammed 6. Sherfane Rutherford/Roshan Primus 7. Chris Green 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Keemo Paul 10. Rayad Emrit/Devendra Bishoo 11. Imran Tahir.
St Lucia Stars (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher (wk) 2. David Warner 3. Lendl Simmons 4. Mark Chapman 5. Kieron Pollard © 6. Rahkeem Cornwall 7. Darren Sammy 8. Qais Ahmed 9. Mohammad Sami 10. Mitchell McClenaghan 11. Kesrick Williams.