About the Match
St Lucia Starts continued their bearish run in the tournament as they lost yet another game, this time to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. They're now set to take on Guyana Amazon Warriors on 13 August 2017 at Gros Islet. Guyana Amazon Warriors too is yet to taste success in this year's edition and unless rain interrupts, we'll see at least one team start their campaign. The Warriors have played one game less than the Stars and enjoy a superior NRR. With almost half of the season completed, it's high time for these teams to get going so as to improve their qualification chances.
St Lucia Stars
The stars have played four games and are yet to register a win. In most of their games, they've given away too many runs while bowling first and somehow managed to mess up the chase at the later stage.
In their last match, it was nothing different as the bowlers were thrashed for a 196 while batting first. Jerome Taylor picked up three wickets but gave away 46 runs in the process. Mitchel McClenaghan too could not repeat his IPL heroics and went wicketless for 40 runs. Shane Shillingford and Darren Sammy were impressive and went for just 40 in the six overs combined. Shillingford picked two wickets while Sammy got one.
Their batting has been struggling and the injuries and unstable team combination haven't helped. With Watson back in the side and Andre Fletcher looking in good touch, batting should pick up and if that happens, the Stars could be back in contention very quickly.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Last year's runners-up haven't had the kind of fate they had last time around. They've been winless in the first three games and badly need one to keep their hopes high for qualification. They are improving with every game and they'll be looking to register their first win here at St. Lucia.
Trinbago Knight Riders thumped them by seven wickets in their last match after they scored 156 while batting first. Their batting seems heavily dependent on top-order. Guptill started off well and scored quick 24 runs before he perished to Shadab Khan. Walton and Primus did offer some resistance, but could not take the score higher than what they posted.
Rashid Khan has been a sensation across the globe in all T20 competitions and was effective but went wicketless. Other bowlers were expensive and did not trouble the batsmen much. All in all, the Warriors are a little top-heavy and would need their top order to perform.
Both the teams will be low on confidence but will be happy to take on each other as none has a win to its name. We expect both the teams to come out all guns blazing, but with the home advantage and a better-balanced squad, St. Lucia Stars are more likely to emerge triumphant against Guyana Amazon Warriors.