Must-win game for Zouks to stay in CPL19 finals hunt
St Lucia Zouks
With the Barbados Tridents sitting just below them in the standings as well as the Tallawahs on equal-points but a dreadful NRR, St Lucia can’t afford to lose tomorrow’s game if they’re to consolidate a spot in the top four & qualify for the CPL19 finals. They’re up against the undefeated-Amazon Warriors, even at their worst they’ve managed to scrounge wins this season which isn’t great news for St Lucia. Nevertheless, a win against St Kitts & Nevis just recently should give them some belief as they look to end Guyana’s six-game winning-streak. It was their bowling that got them across the line against the Patriots, Proteas seamer Hardus Viljoen was the best of the bunch picking up 3/14. Kesrick Williams also added another 3 wickets to his CPL19 tally, while Aussie-leggy Fawad Ahmed proved difficult to handle claiming 2/19 off his four overs. With plenty of bowling options at their disposal, even Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme could fly under the radar just like Viljoen did as an added-X factor. The batting needs to improve though, the excitement of Rahkeem Cornwall at the top of the order doesn’t always go to script, so they need a backup plan. Andre Fletcher and Colin Ingram both shown glimpses of attacking strokeplay, the Zouks just need a batsman who can anchor themselves throughout the middle overs. Kavem Hodge could be a potential inclusion along with fast bowler Obed McCoy. It appears John Campbell doesn’t fit in the team structure with Cornwall opening the batting.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Looking to continue their lengthy winning-streak when they travel to Gros Islet tomorrow, this sound & solid Guyana outfit continues to defy the odds in CPL19 with the question now being asked, Who can beat the Amazon Warriors? It’s a bit of a conundrum at the moment, some teams came close at the start of the tournament but have since failed to challenge them. Surely other teams have picked up on it, one of the major reasons why Guyana have been so successful this season revolves around spin bowling. Pace off the ball has done wonders for the Amazon Warriors this season, Chris Green doesn’t turn it a whole lot but is still Guyana’s leading wicket-taker in 2019. Veteran-leggy Imran Tahir continues to bamboozle batsmen, even skipper Shoaib Malik is starting to cash in with his gentle-offbreaks. There’s definitely a strong case to recall young leg-spinner Qais Ahmad given how much success they’ve had with slow bowling, it’s just a matter of finding space for him in the XI. With Brandon King on fire at the top of the order with the bat and the middle order in relatively-good touch as well, opposition teams haven’t really gotten past Sherfane Rutherford at No. 6 to challenge the Amazon Warriors enough. After an impressive CPL18 tournament, Shimron Hetmyer’s consistency this season has been patchy at best, yet it hasn’t impacted on the team’s overall performance. If “Hetty” finds form with the willow, watch out!
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – CPL MATCH 22
St Lucia Zouks
- Fawad Ahmed
- Andre Fletcher
- Colin Ingram
- Kesrick Williams
- Rahkeem Cornwall
Wildcard pick – Chris Barnwell
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Brandon King
- Imran Tahir
- Shoaib Malik
- Chris Green
- Shimron Hetmyer
Wildcard pick – Nicholas Pooran
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
St Lucia Zouks (possible) – 1. Andre Fletcher (wk) 2. Rahkeem Cornwall 3. Colin Ingram 4. Chris Barnwell 5. Colin de Grandhomme 6. Andre McCarthy/Kavem Hodge/Roland Cato 7. Darren Sammy (c) 8. Hardus Viljoen 9. Kesrick Williams 10. Jeavor Royal/Obed McCoy 11. Fawad Ahmed.
Guyana Amazon Warriors (possible) – 1. Brandon King 2. Chandrapaul Hemraj 3. Shimron Hetmyer 4. Shoaib Malik (c) 5. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 6. Sherfane Rutherford 7. Keemo Paul/Ben Laughlin 8. Chris Green 9. Romario Shepherd 10. Odean Smith 11. Imran Tahir.
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