St. Lucia Stars’ winless run in the Caribbean Premier League continued as they suffered a narrow three-run defeat against Guyana Amazon Warriors. The latest result was the 13th time, in three editions combined, that Stars have failed to register a victory in the CPL, while Amazon Warriors registered their second win in as many games to take an early lead on the points table.
Despite finishing with a modest 141 for 4, Amazon Warriors managed to defend the total thanks to a combined bowling effort. Rayad Emrit and Imran Tahir were the chief wicket-takers, sharing five between them while Sohail Tanvir (0 for 19 from 4 overs) came up with an economical performance.
It was a struggle for Stars at the start of the chase as Tanvir, with his disciplined lines, conceded only 10 runs in his first three overs. David Warner and Andre Fletcher were put out of their misery when Tahir removed both in the over after the powerplay. Warner, though, was unlucky to be adjudged leg-before – replays revealing that there was some glove involved. Fletcher too was trapped in front but there wasn’t much to debate regarding this dismissal.
Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard got together and provided some much-needed impetus to the chase with their 83-run partnership for the third wicket. Their stand had brought down the equation to 34 off the last four overs but a flurry of wickets put them off track, with Emrit accounting for both the set batsmen.
A six by Qais Ahmad off the final ball of the 19th over and a maximum for Mitchell McClenaghan off Keemo Paul in the final over lifted Stars hopes, bringing it down to eight off the last three deliveries. But Paul held his nerve, conceding only four off the last three deliveries as Stars ended up just short.
On a wicket that Amazon Warriors skipper Shoaib Malik termed difficult, his team finished with a total that the Pakistan allrounder wasn’t happy with. He had expected a half-century from at least one of his batsmen but none managed that, with Luke Ronchi’s 42 being the highest score of the innings. Ronchi was involved in a half-century partnership with Chadwick Walton that provided a platform to build on.
Ronchi and Shimron Hetmyer’s 32-run association took over from the opening stand but Stars struck back with quick wickets in the middle overs to keep the Amazon Warriors in check. Jason Mohammed and Sherfane Rutherford came up with useful contributions but barring a couple of sixes, they weren’t able to tee off as much as they would have liked in the death overs, which meant that the Amazon Warriors finished with just above 140.
Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 141/4 in 20 overs (Luke Ronchi 42, Chadwick Walton 31; Qais Ahmad 3-15) beat St. Lucia Stars 138/7 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 45, Kieron Pollard 32; Rayad Emrit 3-26, Imran Tahir 2-23) by 3 runs.
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