Guyana Amazon Warriors pulled off a spectacular five wicket win over table toppers Barbados Royals to complete the league stage of the Caribbean Premier League 2022 (CPL 2022). However, the other match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia was abandoned owing to inclement weather.
The four qualifying teams for the play-off at the end of the CPL 2022 league round are Barbados Royals (16 points), Guyana Amazon Warriors (11 points), St Lucia Kings (9 points), and Jamaica Tallawahs (9 points).
Ironically, Barbados Royals and Guyana Amazon Warriors will meet again in the first qualifier. The winning side of the first qualifier will make a direct entry into the CPL 2022 final. As a result, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia will lock horns in the Eliminator.
Earlier, Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to field first as their seamers made good use of the conditions, picking up three wickets inside the PowerPlay to leave the Royals in a state of trouble. Barbados Royals, who have been a dominant force this CPL 2022 season, struggled as wickets fell at regular intervals before they were bundled out for just 125 in 17.3 overs. If not for Jason Holder’s knock of 40 and Azam Khan’s 20, the Royals could have been dismissed for under 100 runs.
Guyana Amazon Warriors’ bowlers exploited the movement with Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul and Odean Smith doing bulk of the damage to leave the Royals at 97/9. Aside from Holder and Khan’s knocks, late cameos from Ramon Simmonds and Mujeeb Ur Rahman allowed the Royals a total of 125.
Needing 126, Guyana lost two early wickets to leave the scores at 18/2. Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shai Hope both fell in the PowerPlay, before Shakib Al Hasan played a crucial innings to guide his side to victory. His knock of 53 came off only 30 balls and was key in laying the foundation for the Amazon Warriors as they knocked off the required target with over five overs to spare in their last Caribbean Premier League 2022 league match.
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Barbados Royals: 125 all out in 17.3 overs (Jason Holder 42, Azam Khan 20, Romario Shepherd 3/14, Keemo Paul 2/9, Odean Smith 2/42)
Guyana Amazon Warriors: 126 for 5 in 14.3 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 53, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 22, Obed McCoy 2/22)