There will be new champions of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after title-holders, the Jamaica Tallawahs were bested by the Guyana Amazon Warriors in a five-wicket affair at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy Oval on Wednesday night.Sent into bat, the Tallawahs scored 168-8, but saw that total overhauled thanks to a fantastic innings of 70 from Luke Ronchi.The Warriors ended on 169-5 from just 17.5 overs and looked a team most difficult to beat.The Tallawahs started well enough with Lendl Simmons, 34 from 25, and Kennar Lewis, 15 from 10, leading the charge at the top of the order.However, when a good short ball from Riyad Emrit forced a false pull shot from Lewis, there was the worry that the Tallawahs problem of losing wickets in bunches may see them struggle to get a good total, not for the first time.
Simmons, who had been finding the fielder for the previous three deliveries, did so again with the first ball of Steven Jacobs’ over, driving it to Emrit at cover, the allrounder taking a blinder to send the unfortunate opener packing.Mohammad Mahmudullah, who has not yet found his footing in the CPL was surprisingly brought in at four, with Trevon Griffith at three, the Tallawahs trying to rejig their batting line-up in a bid to get some more big hits in the powerplay overs.However, Mahmudullah could only manage three before he was caught on the midwicket boundary.The failures brought Kumar Sangakarra to the fore, scoring his fourth half-century in five games, an unbeaten 57 not out, getting the Tallawahs to 168-8.
That result happened because at the other end of the pitch from Sangakarra, nobody could stay at the crease. First Griffith went off the bowling of Roshon Primus for 20 before Andre McCarthy, 14 from eight, started a collapse featuring the first hat-trick of the CPL from Rashid Khan.Rashid, who after McCarthy got rid of Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell for a duck, would end with 3-32, his bowling performance impacting a total that could have been easily close to 190.Chadwick Walton, who had scored an unbeaten 84 in a mauling of the Tallawahs in their final game of the preliminary round, started well, striking the first ball of the Warriors reply from Krishmar Santokie back over the bowler’s head for six.
Walton would not repeat the heroics of that final preliminary round game, but his 39 from 23 deliveries in a partnership of 67 with Ronchi, was a very good platform for a victory.The Tallawahs fought back with the wickets of Jason Mohammed, 7, and Gajanand Singh, 6, but it was too little too late. Mahmudullah was the best of the Tallawahs bowlers, taking 3-25 in the losing effort.The platform meant the Warriors were always ahead of the run rate and Assad Fudadin’s 29 from 24 deliveries, including a six off the last ball of the innings, was enough to get them over the line.