De Lange, Simmons take Guyana Amazon Warriors into semi-final
Guyana Amazon Warriors 118-3 (Simmons 65 no) beat
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 117-8 (Delport 44) by seven wickets
30th match, Caribbean Premier League, Guyana
Guyana Amazon Warriors stormed into the second semi-final of the Caribbean Premier League as they defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by seven wickets in the final group stage match at the Providence Stadium.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Trinidad & Tobago reached 44 for two by the end of the powerplay, losing the wickets of Jacques Kallis (3) and Javon Scantlebury-Searles (6) to Marchant de Lange (4-23).
De Lange came back in the ninth over and picked up his third wicket of the night, as he dismissed the dangerous Darren Bravo (3) by inducing an edge to the wicket-keeper.
Trinidad & Tobago continued to slip further as Brad Hodge (1-12) sent Cameron Delport (44) back to the hut in the 10th over, leaving them tottering at 67 for four.
Despite efforts from Johan Botha (22), Kamran Akmal (10) and Kevon Cooper (10), Trinidad & Tobago were unable to recover from that initial jolt, as they struggled to up the ante towards the death.
The disciplined bowling from the Warriors restricted the visitors to just 117 for eight in their quota of 20 overs, giving away just 50 runs in the last 10.
De Lange was the most successful bowler for the Warriors with four wickets, while Devendra Bishoo (2-19) picked two, whereas Sunil Narine (1-17) was the most economical.
Chasing down a relatively small total, the Warriors got off to a great start as Lendl Simmons (65 not out) took the team to 47 for no loss by the end of the powerplay.
Dwayne Bravo (2-22) saw the back of Assad Fudadin (9) in the ninth over, whereas Botha (1-15) got the in-form Denesh Ramdin (5) stumped leaving the Warriors at 64 for two by the halfway stage.
However, Trinidad's hopes for a comeback were short lived as Hodge (33) and Simmons put on a 52-run stand for the third wicket, with both the players keeping the team ahead of the required rate at all times.
Hodge fell in the 17th over, but it was too late as the Warriors romped home to a seven-wicket win in the same over, with just four runs needed for a victory at that stage.
Simmons was picked as the man of the match for his match-winning knock.
Trinidad & Tobago had a chance to reach the CPL final directly with a win in this game, but they now advance to the first semi-final and will face the Jamaica Tallawahs on 23rd July, in Port of Spain.
The Barbados Tridents have advanced to the CPL final directly by virtue of finishing at the top of the points table.
CPL 2015 Points Table
|2||Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||5||4||11|
|3||Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel||10||5||4||11|
|5||St Lucia Zouks||10||4||5||9|
|6||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||10||4||6||8|
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