Munro’s 90 helps crush War­riors

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 4 -

Opener Colin Munro played su­perbly but fell just short of a hun­dred as Trin­bago Knight Riders crushed Guyana Ama­zon War­riors by 67 runs to re­turn to the top of the Caribbean Pre­mier League stand­ings on Wed­nes­day night.

Sent in at Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts ral­lied to 170 for seven with the left-handed Munro stroking 90 off 56 balls and De­nesh Ramdin get­ting a mea­sured 39.

Though seem­ingly short of a com­pet­i­tive to­tal, TKR then made light work of Ama­zon War­riors, bundling them out for a pal­try 103 in the 18th over, to post their sixth win in eight out­ings this sea­son.

Never recovered

Roshon Primus top­scored with 36 not out bat­ting at No. 8 while Ja­son Mo­hammed gath­ered 26 but Ama­zon War­riors never recovered from the dam­age of be­ing 48 for six in the tenth over.

TKR now have 12 points with two games left and will be heavy favourites for au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Septem­ber 16 fi­nal at home.

The de­feat was the third in eight games for Ama­zon War­riors who are third on ten points with two games re­main­ing.

TKR’S in­nings was the tale of one part­ner­ship – a 135-run sec­ond-wicket stand be­tween Munro and Ramdin – and a sud­den col­lapse, which left the reign­ing cham­pi­ons about 30 runs short of what they would have en­vi­sioned.

Lynn caught for 0

They lost Chris Lynn with­out scor­ing to the fifth ball of the in­nings, caught at the wicket off left-arm pacer So­hail Tan­vir (3-27) for his fifth sin­gle digit score in six in­nings but Munro and Ramdin com­bined to take the ad­van­tage away from the vis­i­tors.

Munro, al­ready with four half­cen­turies in the tour­na­ment, ham­mered ten fours and four sixes while Ramdin sup­ported with four fours and a six in a 36-ball knock.

But Ramdin’s demise in the 16th over – hol­ing out to long on off off­spin­ner Chris Green – trig­gered a col­lapse as TKR lost six wick­ets for 34 runs in quick time, to lose their way.

Munro was third out in the 17th over, loft­ing pacer Ro­mario Shep­herd (3-29) to long on run­ning in.

Ama­zon War­riors started poorly, New Zealan­der Luke Ronchi swing­ing across to a full length de­liv­ery from speed­ster Ali Khan and fall­ing lbw with­out scor­ing to the fourth ball of the in­nings.

Wal­ton bowled for 4

Left-arm spin­ner Khary Pierre bowled Chad­wick Wal­ton for four at 17 for two in the third over and Ali Khan struck again in the next over when he had the dan­ger­ous left-han­der Shim­ron Het­myer caught at deep square for 11 at 21 for three.

Cameron Del­port (2), Green (2) and Tan­vir (0) fell in quick suc­ces­sion leav­ing Ama­zon War­riors six down and fac­ing a re­quired run rate of 12 at the half-way stage.

Bar­rel-chested Primus at­tempted a res­cue mis­sion which saw him belt three fours and a cou­ple of sixes off 30 balls while Mo­hammed stroked three fours in a run-a-ball knock.

How­ever, once Mo­hammed picked out point at the end of the 12th over off cap­tain Dwayne Bravo’s medium pace, there was vir­tu­ally no way back for Ama­zon War­riors.

Trin­bago Knight Riders cap­tain Dwayne Bravo (right) cel­e­brat­ing the fall of a wicket with Bren­don Mc­cul­lum.

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