The Guyana Amazon Warriors snatched victory over the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots when they played to a good turnout of spectators who were obviously split between Patriots and Warriors on their 30th June encounter.
Patriots batted first, but did not take advantage of their hitting skills, perhaps providing easy chances for the Amazon Warriors to send them back to their benches. With wickets falling fairly regularly, Patriots were forced to manage their acceleration of runs toward their final over. In the end, Warriors restricted Patriots to 164 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Speaking with the media at the end of the game, Warriors Team Manager Omar Khan said, “A victory to start the tournament is what we wanted to achieve, and we achieved that. Of course, there were some stumble along the way, but I think restricting St. Kitts (Patriots) on that pitch to 165 was an excellent performance by the bowlers, because the wicket, as you know, is very good.” Khan said they got the start they wanted during their innings.
There was a lengthy interruption by rain during the Patriot’s innings, with the wicket covered quickly, but it was the post rain drying of the covers after they were pealed away from the pitch that took some time. That did not dampen the spirit of the crowd entertained later in a half time show – a carnival-cultural oriented parade around the field’s perimeter.
Against this backdrop, the Amazon Warriors set about to chase the target, and although they lost some frontline wickets, more judicious stroke play got them home but by way of a nail-biting finish with two runs to get off of two balls. Guyana Amazon Warriors won 165 for 6 off 19.5 overs.
St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots Captain Faf du Plessis commented on his team’s performance saying, “I think, obviously, there is room for improvement. It’s never nice starting out with a loss.” But he was more upbeat about the games ahead. “We’ve got our game plans in place, and hopefully we can execute on the day,” Plessis said.
Dwayne Smith was judged ‘Man of the Match’ for his innings of 62, while Jason Mohammed made the second highest score, 42, in the Amazon Warrior’s innings. For the Patriots, Brad Hodge and Devon Thomas top scored with 38 each.
On Saturday, the Patriots will play the Jamaica Tallawahs at Warner Park in a 2nd July match that starts at 12 noon.