Hope’s century eliminates Royals
It was a record-breaking night for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as they posted their highest ever total to earn an 88-run victory over the Barbados Royals in the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Providence last night.
Barbados Royals had won the toss and chose to bowl first, with Guyana Amazon Warriors causing carnage, Shai Hope scoring the second fastest century in CPL history from just 41 balls, on route to the Amazon Warriors scoring 226 for seven after 20 overs, their highest score in the CPL.
The total proved to be too much for the Barbados Royals, spinners Gudakesh Motie and Imran Tahir taking wickets at frequent intervals to restrict the Royals to 138 for six, losing by 88 runs.
With qualification to the playoffs already secured, Guyana Amazon Warriors started with attacking intent, opening with Saim Ayub and Odean Smith, who put together 35 runs in the first three overs. Ayub lost his wicket, bringing Shai Hope into the match, who played one of the most memorable innings in CPL history.
Hope's innings included 17 boundaries and was supported by Kevlon Anderson, making his T20 debut, who would score 47. Shimron Hetmyer's late cameo would see the Amazon Warriors finish on 226 for seven.
Barbados Royals' chase suffered an early blow as opener Rahkeem Cornwall departed in the third over, with Gudakesh Motie using his variations to dismiss Justin Greaves and Laurie Evans, to leave the Royals on 42 for three with the run rate gradually increasing.
When Rovman Powell was bowled by Imran Tahir, the odds became stacked against the Royals. They could not keep up with the required run rate despite a half-century from Rivaldo Clarke, finishing on 138 for six and losing by 88 runs. The result means that the Royals do not qualify for the CPL playoffs.
CPL moves to the playoffs with Guyana Amazon Warriors facing Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 1 on Wednesday, while Saint Lucia Kings take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the Eliminator tomorrow.