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Walton keeps Guyana Amazon Warriors' hope alive

Sohail Tanvir (right) picked three wickets for Guyana
Sohail Tanvir (right) picked three wickets for Guyana
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Guyana Amazon Warriors 160-6 (Walton 92) beat
Barbados Tridents 159-4 (Smith 100) by four wickets
19th match, Caribbean Premier League, Guyana

A composed 92 run knock from Chadwick Walton overshadowed a fine century from Dwayne Smith as Guyana Amazon Warriors chased down 160 runs against Barbados Tridents in the final over with four wickets in hand in the 19th game of the Caribbean Premier League.

Earlier, Guyana opted to field first on winning the toss. Smith (100) set the tone for the innings with three boundaries in the second over but Guyana had a control of things as Barbados managed just 27 runs in the powerplay and by the half-way mark the run-rate was just over six an over, though they had all 10 wickets in hand.

With a six in the 15th over, Smith completed his half-century and the visitors still struggled to gain momentum with a score of 97 for naught.

The 100-run opening stand between Smith and Kane Williamson (47) came off 93 deliveries before Rashid Khan (1-21) accounted for the latter. Despite, losing Kieron Pollard (6) and Nicholas Pooran (6), Smith stepped up gears in the final four overs during which Barbados scored 52 runs.

Smith fell on reaching his century but gave Barbados something to bowl at after posting 159 for four in the 20 overs.

Guyana preferred opening with Sohail Tanvir (16) along with Walton (92) and the duo provided a perfect start of 48 for naught in the first four overs.

Even though, Tanvir and Gajanand Singh (0) fell in quick succession, Walton went on to complete a 27-ball fifty and at halfway mark, Guyana reached 105 for two. Pollard (4-16) tried to bring Barbados back into the game with four wickets in the 17th and 19th overs combined but the home side held their nerve and completed the chase in 19.2 overs.

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