The Guyana Amazon Warriors began their 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 title pursuit with a four-wicket win over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with one ball to spare in last night’s match played at Warner Park.
Left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir ended with 4-20 while Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed 3-18 to help keep the Patriots to 164 for 9 in 20 overs after the home team took first strike.
The batting for St Kitts revolved around former West Indies batsman Devon Thomas who smoked four sixes in his 38. The 42-year-old Brad Hodge also chipped in with 38 from 32 while Sri Lanka all-rounder Thishara Perrera crunched two sixes in his 12-ball 20.
Chasing a reasonable target, the Warriors chased down the target after opener Dwayne Smith laid the foundation for the chase with a marauding top innings of 63 off 35 with three fours and five sixes.
Captain Martin Guptill scored a brisk 22 at the top of the order but it was a timed innings of 42 not out (6×4) from Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Jason Mohammed which took the Warriors to 165 for 6 in 19.5 overs.
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was the pick of the Patriots’ bowlers with 2 for 35 from his allotted four overs.