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St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors - CPL 2016 game 23 - preview and live cricket streaming

Chris Lynn hits out watched by Andre Fletcher
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the earlier meeting between the two sides but may not have it their own way this time around
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St Lucia Zouks v Guyana Amazon Warriors
Caribbean Premier League 2016, game 23, Darren Sammy International Stadium, Gros Islet
Sunday, 24th July, 17:00 local, 21:00 GMT
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St Lucia Zouks are aiming for a hat-trick of home wins as they host Guyana Amazon Warriors in game 23 of the Caribbean Premier League 2016 at the Darren Sammy International Stadium in Gros Islet.

They got into their stride quickly at home by beating St Kits & Nevis Patriots by 35 runs and were impressive again yesterday in beating Barbados Tridents by seven wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

They have now hauled themselves level on points with Trinbago Knight Riders, are just one point behind Barbados in third and are very much back in the play-off picture.

Now though, comes arguably their toughest test yet at home with the visit of early pace-setters Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Guyana made the best of their home leg - including an eight-wicket win over St Lucia - to take an early lead in the table but have subsequently dropped behind Jamaica Tallawahs as they haven't been as impressive on their travels.

They were last in action nine days ago when they were beaten by the Tallawahs at Sabina Park and on that occasion, their batting unit failed to post anything like a competitive score (128) and although their bowlers almost got them out of trouble by reducing Jamaica to 45 for five, it wasn't enough.

Over the tournament, however, they have generally had two or three batsmen scoring quickly and substantially, which has helped them post winning scores. Martin Guptill, Chris Lynn and Jason Mohammed have been their star men with the bat but with Guptill now on international duty with New Zealand, that severely weakens their line-up and as a result Rayad Emrit is the new captain.

With the ball, they have the experience of Sohail Tanvir and Dwayne Smith while their spinners, led by Adam Zampa, haven't been as prolific away from home as they were in Guyana - understandably so.

The Zouks, meanwhile, are now the tournament's form team, and what has been great to see from a West Indian point of view is that the players driving them to victory so far have been Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles with the bat and Jerome Taylor and Delorn Johnson with the ball.

Some may argue that some of those would be better off in Antigua taking on India in the longest format of the game at the moment, but that's a debate for another day.

Key to Guyana's chances of derailing St Lucia's momentum will be maintaining pressure. Even St Kitts managed to take early Zouks wickets but couldn't prevent them from accelerating late on due to a power-packed middle and late order comprising Mike Hussey, David Miller and Sammy.

And if they can get after both Taylor and Sammy when they are batting, they have a chance of unsettling the captain as in both home games so far, Sammy has been able to allow five bowlers to bowl four overs each, not having to chop and change and bring in extra bowlers to cover for anybody having a bad day or being taken apart.

That's been a luxury so far that Guyana will be very keen to disrupt. Form might point to a St Lucia win, the home crowd will expect another victory, but Guyana have already proved that if they click as a unit, they are very hard to beat and they know that one more win puts them on the cusp of qualification for the play-offs - as if any more incentive is needed.

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