Warriors outplay Tallawahs to advance in CPL
Luke Ronchi led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a comfortable five-wicket win over the Jamaica Tallawahs last night in an eliminator match of the Caribbean Premier League T20 2017.
Ronchi topscored with 70 off 33 balls to help the Warriors chase down 168 posted by the Tallawahs.
The winning runs came from a six from Assad Fudadin, giving the Warriors victory with 13 deliveries to spare.
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan took a hat-trick during the Tallawahs innings, after being put in to bat by the Warriors. He bowled Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell with consecutive deliveries to help restrict the Tallawahs when it appeared the defending champions would score over 180.
Captain Kumar Sangakkara led the way again for the Jamaican franchise, scoring an unbeaten 57 off 38 deliveries to give the team something to bowl at.
Lendl Simmons was the next highest scorer with 34, and Trevon Griffith contributed 20.
Any hopes the Tallawahs had of keeping the Warriors in check were quickly shattered. Jamaican Chadwick Walton (39 off 23) and Ronchi got the Warriors going after the early dismissal of opener Sohail Tanvir for seven.
Walton smashed five fours and two sixes in his knock, but it was Ronchi who did the damage. He plundered five fours and an equal number of sixes, as he kept the Warriors above the required run rate.
Mahmudullah Riyad gave the Tallawahs a fighting chance at defending the total, taking three for 25 off his four overs. He had Walton caught, before catching Jason Mohammed off his own bowling.
He then gave the Tallawahs even further hope when he bowled Gajanand Singh leaving the score at 134 for 4.
However, he received little help from his fellow bowlers, pacer Kesrick Williams especially giving up 48 runs and going wicket-less in his four overs.
Sangakkara even called on Powell and Foo to bowl an over each, which backfired greatly as they were blasted for 19 and 16 runs respectively.
Ronchi was the key man and even though he went leg before wicket to Mohammad Sami, the Warriors only needed 14 runs at that point.
The Warriors will play the Trinbago Knight Riders in eliminator two tonight to see who progresses to the final of the competition on Saturday, against the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
The Patriots advanced to the final after beating the Knight Riders on Tuesday by 38 runs.