Young Warriors Hetmyer, Rutherford torch Knight Riders, drop Tallawahs second

By September 09, 2018

Unrestrained hitting from Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to 6 wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders, which knocked the Jamaica Tallawahs to second spot in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Sunday.

Heading into the encounter at Providence Stadium the Amazon were in third place, behind the second place Tallawahs on net run rate and needed a significant win to boost the total. 

After winning the toss and choosing to field, discarded captain Rayad Emrit responded to being dropped for the previous encounter against the Tallawahs after snatching 2 for 25, his first wickets of the tournament, to help restrict the Knight Riders to 158 for 4.  The knock was underpinned by an industrious 42 from 34 from Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo.

 For the Amazon Warriors to overtake the Tallawahs they needed to chase down the target of 155 in 15.3 overs.  Guyana started quickly but were set back after losing Luke Ronchi for 1, leaving Hetmyer to pair with Cameron Delport at the crease.

The young batsman went on to smashed 59 off 30 balls, including five big sixes.  Following the departure of Delport (37) the team lost momentum at 67 for 2 in the 9th overs, but Hetmyer lit the torch to ignite the home fans.

The Warriors lost another wicket after the drinks break when Jason Mohammed fell on the first ball after the resumption, brilliantly caught at long-off by Dwayne Bravo but then Rutherford came to the crease.  The 20-year-old, who make a fiery 45 from just 13 balls, smashed three consecutive sixes immediately after coming to the crease.

 After heaving two over the leg side, he cracked a reverse sweep off-spinner Nikita Miller over third man for the third six in the sequence.  After more fireworks from Hetmyer, he then took Bravo apart in the 13th for his second hat-trick of sixes.

The Warriors will now replay the Knight Riders in Tuesday’s Qualifier 1.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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