Emrit, Mohammed star in Amazon Warriors’ tense win

Chadwick Walton (33), Jason Mohammed (38) and Gajanand Singh (35 not out) all composed useful hands to help Guyana Amazon Warriors secure a tense six-wicket victory over St. Lucia Stars at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, on Monday (August 14). Guyana chased down the target of 153 with just one ball to spare.

In pursuit of a competitive target, the Guyana franchise got off to a bright start with Walton and Martin Guptill (23) sharing a stand of 39. Walton, in particular, gave a glimpse of his power-hitting by cracking three fours and a six off Mitchell McClenaghan and Jerome Taylor in the first two overs.

Taylor, though, had the last laugh when he accounted for Walton in the sixth over. Taylor could have picked up Babar Azam’s scalp in the same over, but the Jamaican fluffed a caught and bowled chance.

Azam, however, didn’t last for long as he fell to Shane Shillingford in the 10th over. Despite struggling for timing, Guptill anchored the innings before falling to Kyle Mayers.

When Guptill was dismissed, the match was evenly poised, with Guyana needing a further 65 runs in 43 balls. It was Mohammed who put the visitors in the ascendancy by thumping Shillingford for two boundaries and a six in the 16th over.

Gajanand, his partner at the other end, also joined in the act by clubbing Mayers for a six to bring the equation down to 25 runs off 22 balls. Gajanand struck two more fours off Taylor in the very next over as the required run rate fell below six for the first time in the innings.

Just that McClenaghan dislodged Mohammed in the penultimate over and gave away a mere three runs to keep the home side in the hunt. It was Roshan Primus who calmed down the nerves in the visitors’ camp by clubbing Darren Sammy for a boundary. With two runs required off as many deliveries, Primus nicely flicked one into the on-side to ensure Guyana’s maiden win of the CPL 2017 season.

Earlier, Johnson Charles (53) and Shane Watson (32) had compiled vital hands to propel the hosts to a useful total. The St. Lucia camp, however, wouldn’t be pleased with the fact that they could only add 48 runs off the last 47 balls.

Rayad Emrit, the experienced campaigner, deserves the major share of the credit for restricting St. Lucia’s score. The Trinidadian picked up four for 35. Rashid Khan, the wily legspinner, also ended up with impressive returns – one for nine.

Despite their first win of the season, Guyana are placed fifth on the points table, with St. Lucia rooted to the bottom of the table.

Brief scores: St. Lucia Stars 152/8 in 20 overs (Johnson Charles 53; Rayad Emrit 4-35) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors 153/4 in 19.5 overs (Jason Mohammed 38, Gajanand Singh 35*; Kyle Mayers 1-22) by six wickets.

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