Smith backing Amazon Warriors to maintain form
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) :
Opener Dwayne Smith says Guyana Amazon Warriors are exactly where they planned to be at the current stage of the Caribbean Premier League.
After nine games, the two-time finalists top the tables with six points and are the only unbeaten side left in the competition after three straight victories.
"From the [warm-up] camp, we were all about getting back home somewhere in the top two, and that's what we did, and to leave for home as the top team," said Smith, who is in his first season with Amazon Warriors, following three years with Barbados Tridents.
"I'm sure that if we can play the way that we're playing, or continue the way that we're playing, that we can end up going on from here. It's just up to us to stay positive, and that's what we've been doing so far, and once it continues I'm sure we'll stay on top."
Amazon Warriors opened their home leg on Thursday night with a composed seven-wicket victory over the previously unbeaten Jamaica Tallawahs at the National Stadium.
They also beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by four wickets in Basseterre, in the tournament's second game, before brushing aside title holders Trinbago Knight Riders by six wickets in Port-of-Spain.
Smith said Amazon Warriors were focused on sustaining their early momentum as the competition progressed.
"I hope the guys can keep on performing the way they're performing," the attacking opener said.
"That boils down to the guys looking after themselves and taking care of what needs to be taken care of. A lot of the guys are international players and we know how to deal with ourselves, so it's up to us to keep our consistency and keep winning games. I'm sure that we can be the top team."
In Thursday's game, Amazon Warriors bundled out Tallawahs for a paltry 100, on a pitch where the spinners found encouragement and created much of the problems for batsmen.
And Smith admitted that while the upcoming games on the National Stadium strip could be "challenging", he expected batsmen to adapt.
"The pitch is a bit challenging, but, having said that, I'm an international player and a lot of the guys are internationals, so we can't worry about how the pitch is playing," he pointed out.
"We just need to be professional about what we're doing and keep continuing to get good scores, and getting the team off to good starts."
Amazon Warriors clash with Patriots in the next game today.