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Guyana Amazon warriors brush aside Red Steel in HERO CPL

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Photo: Lendl Simmons on the go for the Guyana Amazon Warriors against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. The Warriors defeated the Red Steel and climbed above them by net run rate to claim the semifinal spot. (CPL Photo)

Guyana Amazon warriors defeated the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by 7 wickets with 18 balls to spare, to book a spot in the semifinal of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Led by brilliant bowling from all of their bowlers after the Red Steels won the toss and chose to bat, the Amazon Warriors got to the Red Steel modest total of 117/8 off 20 overs with lots of space to breathe.

The Red Steel did not get any big partnerships, while the Guyana Amazon Warriors picked up wickets at regular intervals to make sure the Red Steel did not pile up too many runs. Cameron Delport was the only Red Steel batsman that gave the Warriors bowlers a fight with an unbeaten 44 runs off 30 balls, which included six boundaries and a six. Johan Botha was the only other Red Steel batsman to get past 20 runs scoring 22 off 33 balls.

The Warriors bowling unit was a very mean one in their own back yard. Marchant De Lange 4 overs, 23 runs and 4 wickets and Devendra Bishoo 4 overs, 19 runs and 2 wickets really set up the match for the Warriors after the Red Steel could only get 117 on the board.

The Warriors started well as Lendl Simmons and Assad Fudadin put on 54 runs for the first wicket. Fudadin was caught by Kevon Cooper off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo for nine (9) runs. Captain Denesh Ramdin came and was sent back quickly stumped by Kamran Akmal off the bowling of Johan Botha for five (5) runs.

Man of the match Lendl Simmons found a good partner in Brad Hodge as the two put on 52 runs off 41 balls to
put the Warriors closer to their target. Brad Hodge was sent back by Dwayne Bravo with a brilliant delivery for 33 runs odd 25 balls. The Warriors needed just 4 runs to win at this stage and Lendl Simmons unbeaten 65 off 51 balls, which included 5 boundaries and 3 sixes, ensured the Warriors had no trouble getting to their target.

The Warriors now wait to play the winners of the quarterfinal match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Thursday.

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