Runs Flow In Barbados, Guyana Wins
The move to Warner Park in St Kitts saw plenty of runs scored in Caribbean Premier League 2014 matches between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Antigua Hawksbills as well as the Barbados Tridents and the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.
CPL 2014 Points Table
|2||T & T Red Steel||8||6||2||12|
|4||Guyana Amazon Warriors||8||5||3||10|
|5||St Lucia Zouks||7||1||6||2|
Wins for Barbados and Guyana have kept them in touch with leaders Trinidad & Tobago and the Jamaica Tallawahs as they battle for a place in the final.
Guyana beat Antigua by 19 runs despite a Marlon Samuels century before Barbados beat T & T by 69 runs.
Guyana made a poor start to their innings against the Hawksbills, losing Lendl Simmons for nought and Mohammad Hafeez for eight before getting back on track.
Helped by a Miguel Cummins over that included four consecutive no balls and eventually went for 23, they soon found their feet and thanks to Martin Guptill (90 in 51 balls), Denesh Ramdin (51 in 34) and Christopher Barnwell (37 in 20) they powered their way to 212 for five.
Gavin Tonge took two for 46 and there was a wicket apiece for Sheldon Cottrell, Carlos Brathwaite and Brad Hogg.
In reply, Antigua's latest opening combination of Ben Dunk (3) and David Hussey (13) couldn't make it through the Power Play but with Samuels in imperious form, they had a chance.
He struck 106 not out in 52 balls, with 10 fours and eight sixes and although he received excellent support from Orlando Peters (67 not out in 45), by the time they came together with the score on 32 for three in the fifth over, they had been left with too much to do.
The return of Sunil Narine from injury was a boost for Guyana, and he conceded just 16 runs from his four overs while Krishmar Santokie, Navin Stewart and Veerasammy Permaul took a wicket each as Antigua closed on 193 for three.
In the later game, Jason Holder stole the show for Barbados as they dismissed Trinidad & Tobago for 105 in reply to 174 for five.
After William Perkins (24) and Shoaib Malik (35) had played their part at the top of the order, a mid-innings wobble for Barbados was rescued by Raymon Reifer, who hit an unbeaten 65 in 41 balls while Kieron Pollard's 34 in 15 was a handy contribution.
Samuel Badree grabbed a couple of wickets for T & T with Shannon Gabriel and Dwayne Bravo taking one apiece.
Holder then tore into the T & T top order and quickly reduced them to 44 for four by dismissing Kevin O'Brien (2), Evin Lewis (14), Ross Taylor (4) and Bravo (16).
Reyad Emrit (3-23), Ravi Rampaul (1-16), Ashley Nurse (1-9) and Pollard (1-12) also weighed in as T & T quickly found themselves well behind.
Nic Pooran hit 33 in 23 balls but his was a lone hand, and the T & T innings lasted just 16.5 overs as they crashed to a comprehensive defeat.
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