Red Steel clip Amazons in nail-biter
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel held their nerve to win a nail-biter, beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by three wickets with a ball to spare, in a low-scoring second game of a Caribbean Premier League double-header at Warner Park on Saturday.
Chasing 119 for victory, Red Steel were on top at 61 for one in the tenth over, but lost their way to stumble to 109 for six after 18 overs.
What should have been a straightforward task of scoring the remaining ten runs from 12 deliveries became a battle of jitters for Red Steel.
South African seamer Marchant de Lange sent down the penultimate over which cost just five runs, paving the way for a dramatic final over by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who finished with brilliant overall figures of four for 24.
Johan Botha scrambled a single from the first ball, but Javon Searles rushed down the wicket and missed a swing off the next ball and was easily stumped by captain Denesh Ramdin for two.
New batsman Kevon Cooper and Botha sneaked singles off the next two balls before high drama unfolded off the fifth delivery when Bishoo had Cooper stumped, only for replays to show the right-armer had overstepped.
Capitalising on his huge slice of fortune, Cooper promptly hoisted the next delivery - a free hit - over long on for six to end the game and ease the tension for Red Steel.
Earlier, Amazon Warriors were dismissed for a disappointing 118 with two balls remaining, after choosing to bat.
Opener Lendl Simmons top-scored with 50 from 48 balls with three fours and two sixes, but was the only batsman to pass 20 and just one of three to reach double figures.
Medium pacer Dwayne Bravo caused most of the damage with four for 18, while fellow seamers Jacques Kallis (2-16) and Kevon Cooper (2-25) supported with two wickets apiece.