About the Match
The Zouks are back in the hunt after a thrilling 4-wicket victory against Red Steel, which has taken them to No.3 in the table with 9 points; they will now face Amazon Warriors, who are at the 5th position with 7 points, on 17th July at Providence. The Warriors shared points with Tallawahs as the last match was abandoned due to rain, making this contest a must-win for them. The Zouks have bounced back with a win after losing two straight games previously and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Friday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
They defeated Tallawahs emphatically by 84 runs with Brad Hodge’s unbeaten 65 helping them post a competitive 179 on board batting first;a well-made half-century by Fudadin kept the scoreboard ticking. The bowlers were impressive with Beaton being the pick of the lot with 4-9; Lange and Narine picked up 2 wickets apiece while Wiese scalped the wicket of Russell, who was looking dangerous in the middle to dismiss the opponents for just 95 runs. Against Patriots too, the Warriors excelled in all departments of the game, and won the match by 23 runs through D/L method; the bowlers did well to restrict the opponent to 158 runs with Beaton and Lange once again coming good with 2 wickets each. With a target of 124 from 16.4 overs, Fudadin and Ramdin joined hands to start scoring while Hodge posted a superb 61 off just 36 to win the match under pressure.
They are a talented lot and have gone back to their winning ways after a rough start; they will however need to overcome the challenge from the Zouks and win this match to stay alive.
It was a tough situation with the contest reduced to just 9 overs to each side but the Zouks kept their spirits high and got the job done; the bowlers put in a great effort, keeping the opponent under pressure throughout and allowing them to post only 90 runs. The batsmen took charge but apart from Johnson Charles, who was awarded player of the match for his astounding 41 off 23, the rest buckled under pressure. Ross Taylor kept his cool and partnered with Nathan McCullum to get to the target, hitting a six off the penultimate ball.
Against Patriots, the batsmen failed to chase down a competitive total of 171 runs with players like Pietersen, Taylor, Charles, McCullum and Davids unable to perform. Andre Fletcher fought a lone battle posting a good 59 off 43 deliveries but with hardly any support on the other end, they lost the match by 26 runs.
Bowlers Edwards, McCullum, Roach and Gabriel have been consistent with the wickets but the batsmen need to pull up their socks to post big totals or chase tough ones with confidence.
The Zouks received a morale boost with their recent win but the Warriors have been impressive with all-round efforts in the recent outings; although they started out poorly, we feel that the Warriors will continue with their winning performance and climb up the ladder with a win here.