Having lost just two of the ten allotted preliminary round matches of the 2022 Hero CPL T20 tournament – Barbados Royals yesterday overpowered the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) by 87 runs for a convincing win to advance to Friday’s finals.
Sent in to take first knock, the Royals put on an imposing score of 195/5 ; with Rahkeem Cornwall tearing into the opposing bowlers to hit a belligerent 91 (54) 2×4, 11×6.
Skipper Kyle Mayers chipped in with 26 (21) to set the platform with an opening stand of 1/56 (6.4overs), while Azar Khan stroked an aggressive 52 (35) 3×4, 4×6.
Romario Shepherd was GAW’s top bowler with 2/29 (4), while spinners Junior Sinclair, Imran Tahir and Shakib Al Hasan claimed one wicket each.
GAW’s reply was unflattering from the top order onwards, to be down 4/32 (5.4) in the power play overs and never fully recovered from thereon. Skipper Shimron Hetmyer hit 37 (29) 3×4, 1×6 for a top score, but the other batters faltered in the midst of a disciplined and clinical bowling spell from the Royals.
GAW were eventually bowled out for 108 (17.4); with young Bajan seamer Ramon Simmonds bagging 3/17 (3), while spinners Cornwall 2/10 (2) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/21 (4) contributed to the rout of the home team.
The evening match was set to feature Saint Lucia Kings vs. Jamaica Tallawahs.
After the qualifiers and eliminator phases gets completed on Tuesday and Wednesday- this season’s grand finals is set for Friday, in Guyana.
The remaining 2022 HERO CPL T20 fixture is as follows:
Wednesday – 7.00 p.m.
Qualifier 2 (N), Providence
Friday, 30 Sept. 7.00p.m.
Final (N), Providence