Coach of Guyana’s Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper said yesterday that the team’s game plan ahead of tonight’s game of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League at the Providence National Stadium against the St Lucia Zouks was to “stick to the basics” adding that the team was a good all-round unit.
Harper, the former West Indies all rounder said that he was “delighted with the position they are currently in.”
Guyana’s Amazon Warriors are unbeaten after two matches will face the St Lucia Zouks tonight at the Providence National Stadium in a match which will enhance their position if they do win.
According to Harper he would like the batsmen to score more runs but his team is currently winning and that is more important.
Amazon Warriors opening batsman Martin Guptill said batting was difficult on the surface here in Guyana, but said his opening partner Lendl Simmons who has been in great touch lately, has helped him to play more comfortably.
He also expressed his joy so far playing in Guyana and in the LCPL which he declares has been a great experience.
Opposition coach and fast bowling legend, Andy Roberts said that the Zouks are confident ahead of this match up. Roberts noted that his team did slip in their previous game between overs 10 to 20, after achieving a good start.
He stated that the Warriors have a good battery of slow bowlers and they are playing relatively good cricket, while highlighting the reality that most of the players have not gotten a lengthy preparation due to the rain and some of the players being from the Windward Islands.
Captain Darren Sammy, pointed out that his teammates such as Tino Best, who he said brings a lot of energy to the table, along with the dangerous Tamim Iqbal who Sammy noted plays with confidence are a few players to look out for.
The South African great, Herschelle Gibbs has been working with the younger players on the essentials of building the innings. About his own form, the all-rounder said he is dangerous and is working hard on his batting.
The Warriors are currently on a high and will use their momentum heading in to tonight’s game to seek a possible three in three win. Their batting has been clicking and the good news is that their skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan has been among the runs and has seen his team to victory twice in a row while the bowling has been superb in both the pace and spin departments.
The Zouks will look to their strength in batting with players like Sammy, Gibbs, Iqbal, Misbah ul-Haq, Andre Fletcher and others who can change the direction of the game in the twinkling of an eye.
Their bowlers such as Best, Shane Shillingford, Nelon Pascal and others will be looking to produce magic with the leather in hand.
Tickets for today’s double header are sold out and the gates will open at three with the first game Jamaica Tallawahs and Antigua Hawksbill being contested at 15:00hrs and the cracker between the Warriors and the Zouks, played at 20:00hrs in the evening.