About the Match
The tables have turned and Amazon Warriors have played well to climb up to the 3rd spot; they now have 9 points and will face Red Steel, who have secured a semi-final berth with 11 points, on 21st July at Providence for the last match of the league stage. While Warriors defeated Zouks and Tallawahs, their recent encounter against Tridents ended in a loss; on the other hand Red Steel registered 3 consecutive wins, defeating table toppers Tridents as well. The Warriors will be eager to come out all guns blazing and win this final hurdle on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
They fought hard to chase 126 runs against Tridents on Sunday but after a good effort by the top order batsmen, they failed to keep the momentum going and lost the match by 14 runs. Earlier, David Wiese was the pick of the bowlersregistering a brilliant 5-30, and restricting the opponent to 125; Bishoo, Permaul and Lange continued to take wickets at regular pace but the batsmen failed to support them in winning the match.
Against Zouks however, the bowlers were rewarded for their hard-work, with a 3-wicket win a; Narine’s superb 3-6 helped them demolish the opponent and Wiese, Lange and Hodge picked up quick wickets to stifle them to 111 runs. Batsmen Ramdin and Simmons didn’t break a sweat although wickets fell like a pack of cards; the duo added 40 runs for the 2nd wicket while Ramdin steered the team to victory with his unbeaten 39.
Although they have done well to reach this stage, batsmen like Hodge, Akmal, Fudadin and Barnwell must be more consistent with the runs; the bowlers have been putting in their best and they will once again prove themselves in the upcoming contest.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels
Jacques Kallis’ unbeaten 61 helped the team post a competitive 145 on board against Tallawahs on Sunday; he got good support from Dwayne Bravo, who posted 49 off just 30 balls. A superb effort by Badree, who took 3-35, and Benn and Bravo, who picked up two wickets each, helped them restrict the opposition from reaching the target. It was a close victory by just 7 runs but it’s definitely taken them to the semi-finals; they will be now eager to defeat the Warriors, whom they have defeated previously too.
Dwayne Bravo was instrumental in the victory against Patriots too, taking 3-15 and restricting the opponent from reaching a modest 142 runs; he was well supported by Davids, who picked up 3-29 and Botha who claimed a wicket. Against Tridents, Kallis and Darren Bravo combined well yet again to post a huge total of 184, which was successfully defended by the bowlers. They have a good combination of all-rounders, in-form bowlers and hard-hitting batsmen who can turn the match in their favour.
Red Steel won’t take the opposition lightly here and will be eager to finish on a high; the Warriors on the other hand will surely give a tough fight and we feel that the Warriors are better motivated to win the match.