Marlon Samuels hit a brilliant 52-ball 106 in a losing effort against Guyana Amazon Warrios in the 22nd game of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League at Basseterre © AFP (File Photo)
By Amit Banerjee
Aug 08, 2014
Guyana Amazon Warriors registered their second win against the Antigua Hawksbills and their fifth overall in the 2014 Caribbean Premier League with a 19-run win at Basseterre. The talking-point of the match was Marlon Samuels‘ blistering 52 ball 106 during the Hawksbills failed run-chase.
The Amazon Warriors were in for an early jolt as they lost opener Lendl Simmons for a duck off the bowling of Gavin Tonge. Mohammad Hafeez didn’t contribute much to his personal tally of the much during the 32-run second wicket partnership before top-edging a short ball from Sheldon Cottrell to the square-leg fielder.
The rescue act came in the form of the quickfire 114-run third-wicket partnership between Martin Guptill and Denesh Ramdin off 59 balls. The duo smashed eight boundaries and six sixes during their stand. The seventh over of the innings bowled by Miguel Cummins was a rather quirky one in which 23 runs were scored. The first five deliveries of the over were no-balls, which led to Cummins conceding 19 runs off just one ball.
Though Ramdin and Guptill were dismissed at quick intervals, some valuable late-hitting by Christopher Barnwell saw the Warriors pose an intimidating 212 for the loss of five wickets at the end of their innings. The Hawksbills had a worse start than their opponents, with the Antiguan side tottering at 32 for the loss of three wickets. The highlight of the early dismissals was a one-handed blinder of a catch taken by Jimmy Neesham off the bowling of Veerasammy Permaul to dismiss Danza Hyatt.
In came Orlando Peters, who was now sharing the burden of carrying the Hawksbills forward along with Samuels. The two went on to add 161 runs to the board from 86 balls, making it the highest partnership for any wicket in all the T20 matches played in the Caribbean. The stand featured 11 boundaries and 13 sixes, majority of which came off Samuels’ bat.
In spite of the blazing partnership, in which Samuels had been scoring at a strike rate of over 200, the required run-rate was always looming over the Antiguan heads. In the end, the Hawksbills were left needing 42 runs off the last over, with Samuels French-cutting the final delivery from Krishmar Santokie towards fine-leg for his side to end at 193 for three.
It was an off-day for the bowlers, seven of whom conceded runs at a rate of over 10. Sunil Narine‘s figures of 4-1-16-0 was the only performance worth mentioning in an otherwise dull performance with the ball. The off-spinner had stifled the same opposition in the opening game of the league by conceding just three runs in his quota of four overs.
With this loss, the Hawksbills slipped to their eighth consecutive defeat of the tournament and will be looking to salvage some pride from their remaining game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Saturday. The Amazon Warriors on the other hand are in contention for a spot in the knockouts, with ten points on the board to occupy the third position behind Red Steel and the Jamaica Tawallahs
Guyana Amazon Warriors 212 for 5 (Martin Guptill 90, Denesh Ramdin 51, Christopher Barnwell 37; Gavin Tonge 2 for 46) beat Antigua Hawksbills 193 for 3 (Marlon Samuels 106*, Orlando Peters 67*; Navin Stewart 1 for 25) by 19 runs