St Kitts and Nevis Patriots got off to a perfect start as they managed to defeat last year’s finalist Guyana Amazon Warrior in the second game of Caribbean Premier League played at Lauderhill, Florida.
Chadwick Walton stood tall for Guyana as he top scored with 60 runs off 51 balls. The rest of the batting lineup failed to deliver as Pakistan’s pace sensation Hasan Ali and Carlos Brathwaite put the brakes on the rate of scoring due to tidy spells in the middle overs. Guyana lost momentum in the last five overs of the innings as they could manage 40 odd runs with the side losing wicket at regular intervals.
Guyana Amazon Warriors were sent into bat as Patriots won the toss and opted to bowl first. Warriors got off to a flier as Martin Guptill scored 23 runs off 14 balls to see the side accumulate 30 odd runs in just 3 overs. Samuel Badree came into the attack to dismiss Guptill to see Warriors lose their first wicket. Babar Azam came to the crease and put 45 vitals with Walton before he also gave his wicket to Carlos Brathwaite. The middle order comprising of Jason Mohammad, Steven Taylor and Keemo Paul failed to get any runs as Warriors could only manage a below par score of 123 runs on the board after 20 overs.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots also stumbled in their chase as Steven Jacobs and Rayad Emrit made early inroads into the batting lineup. Patriots slumped to 57 for 5 after 10 overs as Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Mohammad Hafeez fell for low scores. Jonathan Carter came to the crease and added 49 runs with Carlos Brathwaite to put Patriots back in the hunt to chase down the target. Carter fell after scoring 31 runs but Brathwaite stayed till the end to see Patriots knock off the runs in the 18th over of the innings.
Guyana Amazon Warriors will have to produce better all-round show with bat and ball to make sure they win their next encounter in the league. Hasan Ali was named man of the match for his efforts with the bat for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.