Warriors' Rutherford, Hetmyer crush Knight Riders
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A Shimron Hetmyer half-century and a stunning cameo from Man-of-the-Match Sherfane Rutherford fired Guyana Amazon Warriors to a commanding six-wicket win over reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders, in the final preliminary round match of the Caribbean Premier League here Sunday night.
Chasing a modest 155 at the Guyana National Stadium, the hosts motored to their target with nearly six overs remaining, courtesy of Hetmyer's top score of 59, Rutherford's whirlwind 45 not out and opener Cameron Delport's 37.
Despite the defeat, TKR finished top of the standings on 14 points and will clash with Amazon Warriors again in today's first play-off at the same venue at 6 pm (7 pm Jamaica time).
The winner will book their spot in next Sunday's final while the losers will have a second recourse in Friday's semi-final, when they face the winner of tomorrow's second play-off between third-placed Jamaica Tallawahs and fourth-placed St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Opting to bowl first, Amazon Warriors were superb in restricting TKR's powerful batting line-up to just 154 for seven off their 20 overs, with left-hander Darren Bravo holding the innings together with an unbeaten 42, Denesh Ramdin getting 32 and Kevon Cooper, a hasty 30.
Seamer Rayad Emrit (2-25) and left-arm new-ball bowler, Sohail Tanvir (2-36), grabbed two wickets apiece while South African spinners Chris Green and Imran Tahir kept the brakes on the scoring with miserly four-over spells.