Sammy gets his War­riors off mark


The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Adam El­lis

FRUS­TRA­TION turned into cel­e­bra­tions for Guyana Ama­zon War­riors as they ended their drought in the CPL by beat­ing fel­low win­less side St Lu­cia Stars.

The chase started well for the War­riors with Chad­wick Wal­ton hit­ting 33 off 20, as he and Martin Gup­till (23) put the War­riors on track for 153.

But Jerome Tay­lor, Kyle May­ers, Shane Shilling­ford and Mitchell McCle­naghan claimed a wicket apiece for the Stars to keep the re­quired run rate slip­ping out of reach for their op­po­nents.

A tense fin­ish was set up when, in the 16th over, Jason Mo­hammed and Ga­janand Singh at­tacked Shilling­ford for 17 runs to drag the War­riors back into the game – eight runs were re­quired off the last over.

With two balls re­main­ing and the War­riors need­ing two runs, Dar­ren Sammy hit through deep square to end his team’s bar­ren run.

War­riors spin­ner Rashid Khan picked up the man of the match award for sen­sa­tional fig­ures of 2-9 off his four overs, and said af­ter the match: “The wick­ets are very good for the spin­ners here. I played here against West Indies and I’m used to these wick­ets. So I just tried to bowl in the good ar­eas. The win was needed, it’s tough to come back if you lose three matches.”

The de­feat adds to the woes of the Stars who were look­ing to re­bound from their thrash­ing at the hands of the Pa­tri­ots.

Evin Lewis struck the high­est score of the com­pe­ti­tion with his 92 of 52 balls steer­ing St Kitts & Ne­vis to a 33-run win.

In Port of Spain, Trinbago Knight Rid­ers saw off the Bar­ba­dos Tridents with five balls left thanks to a ca­reer-best 79 (45) from Sunil Narine, as the Tridents pro­duced some field­ing wor­thy of a cir­cus act.

Bar­ba­dos tempted fate when Shamar Springer put down Narine on 35 af­ter he had top edged to deep square leg. A costly mis­take that en­abled the West Indies in­ter­na­tional to add 44 more runs and steer his side to their 153 tar­get.

Else­where, the Tallawahs (179-5) beat the Stars (173-7).

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