The Trinbago Knight Riders finished their regular season campaign on a losing note tonight, as they lost by six wickets to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Georgetown.
The Warriors elected to field after winning the toss, and might have felt reasonably pleased with that decision, as the Knight Riders posted a gettable total of 154 for seven off the 20 overs. However, the home team did struggle a bit before an explosive partnership by Sherfane Rutherford and Shimron Hetmyer saw the Guyanese franchise put on 52 runs from just 15 balls, as they eventually caught TKR with almost six overs to spare.
TKR captain Dwayne Bravo had given ace spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Ali Khan the night off and could not stem the tide, as GAW sent the home crowd into raptures.
The result meant that Guyana Amazon Warriors just edged the Jamaica Tallawahs for second place and will face the Knight Riders in Tuesday’s semifinal at Providence Stadium. The winner will advance to the 2018 CPL final while the loser will have a second bite at the cherry in a play off against the winner of the third and fourth play off between the Tallawahs and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Bravo congratulated GAW for their success and suggested that being forewarned of their firepower was as good as being forearmed.
“Now I can go back and analyse and come back better on Tuesday,” said Bravo.
CPL Match Summary
Trinbago Knight Riders 154/7 off 20 overs: Darren Bravo 42*, Denish Ramdin 32, Kevon Cooper 30; Ryan Emrit 2 for 25, Sohail Tanvir 2 for 36.
Guyana Amazon Warriors 158/4 off 14.1 overs: Shimron Hetmyer 59, Sherfane Rutherford 45*, Cameron Delport 37; Fawad Ahmed 2 for 20.
Man of the Match: Shane Rutherford