BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE Jamaica Tallawahs continued their winning ways as they brushed aside the Guyana Amazon Warriors by four wickets at Warner Park in the early game today (Sept. 3).
Delayed by an hour due to a damp outfield as a result of torrential overnight showers, which allowed the Tallawahs to strategise and be prepare for the attacking Warriors.
Tallawahs Captain Rovman Powell won the toss, inserted the Warriors and quickly pinned them on the backfoot, snapping up the wickets of openers Chanderpaul Hemraj and Paul Starling in the first two overs with a paltry score of 5 on the board.
Despite that setback, a brilliant partnership between Captain Shimron Hetmyer (39) and Shai Hope (25) laid the foundation for a decent score, but both of them lost their wickets in consecutive deliveries with 71 on the scoreboard.
It was then left to Romario Shepard (36) and Heinrcih Klaasen (22) guided the Warriors to a competitive 142/6 off their 20 overs.
Pakistani pacer Mohammed Amir led the charge with 3 for 22 off his 4 overs, including those of the openers. He was ably supported by Migael Pretorius who ended with 2 for 35.
In reply, the Warriors’ spinners made the game a very competitive one by snapping up wickets regularly, with Gudakesh Motie claiming 2 scalps for 10 runs.
In the end, however, it was the inform Powell who stood tall to the Warriors bowlers, ending on an unbeaten 44 to ensure his team picked up the win.
Powell noted that his players bowled well to restrict the Warriors to a below par total, especially in the power play to keep their free scoring opponents to 30.
“Having said that, we pushed home the advantage. But they got maybe 20 runs too much and nevertheless it was good bowling,” acknowledged Powell.
The Tallawahs will now rest having wrapped up their St. Kitts leg, as they prepare to travel on to St. Lucia where they will lock horns on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Warriors will now seek to rebound against the St. Kitts-Nevis Patriots in the final encounter at Warner Park tomorrow night, starting at 7 o’clock.