About the Match
Amazon Warriors registered a thumping win against Barbados Tridents by 4 wickets in a home game to take their total points to 4; they are still placed 5th and try to change gears up higher when they meet St. Lucia Stars at Guyana on 22nd August. St. Lucia Stars got their first point of the season, thanks to their previous game getting washed away by rain; they are desperate for a win now and will try to put their best foot forward on Tuesday. The Warriors had won by 6 wickets when they met St. Lucia Stars earlier in the league, and will be motivated to repeat the winning performance this time in front of the home crowd.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Chasing 160 against Tridents, wicket-keeper batsman Chadwick Walton, posted a gigantic 92 off 57 to help the team cross the finish line. Captain Martin Guptill tried his best to keep the scoreboard ticking but players like Gajanand Singh and Jason Mohammed failed to fire. Walton’s good foundation helped them win the match by 4 wickets. Earlier, fast-bowler Sohail Tanvir claimed 3 wickets to stifle the opponents while spinner Rashid Khan provided one breakthrough.
Against Knight Riders though, the top-order didn’t impress with the bat and it was left to Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh to get them to a respectable 130 batting first. While Mohammed scored 66 off 58, Singh contributed with a run-a-ball 27. However, the bowlers found it an uphill task to contain the opposition from reaching the target despite good spells by Tanvir, Permaul, and Emrit, who took a wicket each; they lost the match by a massive 7 wickets.
They have made a comeback with the recent win and the morale of the players would be boosted right now. With good resources like Guptill, Walton, Mohammed, Singh and experienced fast-bowlers in the squad, the Warriors could strategize well against St. Lucia Stars to win again.
St. Lucia Stars
They finally opened their points tally when their recent match against Patriots was washed away by rain; however, they are hungry to earn their first win of the season and would leave no stone unturned to redeem themselves here. Against Tallawahs, batsmen Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels came out all guns blazing to post 84 of 53 and 54 of 36 respectively; however, the bowlers couldn’t defend the well-made 173 run total after fast-bowlers like Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mayers and spinner Timil Patel leaked away easy runs. Shane Shillingford and Samuels provided regular breakthroughs, taking one wicket each but it wasn’t enough to win the contest.
Johnson Charles, Shane Watson and captain Darren Sammy had done well with the bat in the match against Warriors earlier to post 152 runs batting first; however, the bowlers had yet again failed to stifle the opposition’s chase despite a good show by Kyle Mayers, Jerome Taylor, and McClenaghan.
They are yet to win a match this season although they have a good mix of spin and pace, and some hard-hitters like Fletcher, Samuels, Watson, and Charles apart from all-rounders like Taylor, Sammy, and Cornwall. If they can set a solid foundation whether batting first or during the chase, then the Stars can surely look forward to avenging their previous defeat against Warriors.
While St. Lucia Stars will cleverly use the resources to try and put up a strong fight here, we feel that Warriors with the home advantage are better placed to emerge victoriously.