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Warriors book berth in CPL final

Published:Wednesday | September 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Shimron Hetmyer (right) of Guyana Amazon Warriors hitting a boundary during last night’s Hero Caribbean Premier League Play-Off match against the Trinbago Knight Riders at Guyana National Stadium in Providence. Looking on is wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

Guyana Amazon Warriors booked a place in the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final after edging past Trinbago Knight Riders by two wickets in a thrilling match in Providence last night.

Rain throughout much of the day resulted in difficult batting conditions in stark contrast to a couple of nights ago when the Warriors blitzed the same opponents with a quick-fire run-chase in the final group-stage game.

But the Warriors' heroes from that night, Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, combined again to rescue Guyana's chase of the Knight Riders' 122/7 from the depths of 52/5 after 12 overs.

Having got the target down to 21 from 20 balls both men then fell in successive balls to leave the game back in the balance, and when Rayad Emrit edged Dwayne Bravo to Denesh Ramdin for just a single the momentum appeared to have lurched decisively the way of the Knight Riders once more with 18 runs still needed from 13 balls and just two wickets remaining.

Romario Shepherd had other ideas, though, launching his first ball for a huge six down the ground and adding another boundary in the next over to leave the Warriors needing just four runs from the final over.

Still this extraordinary game was not quite done. Just one run came from the first four balls of Dwayne Bravo's final over to leave the equation standing at three runs needed from two balls.

Sohail Tanvir then brought the curtain down on a memorable night's cricket with a thumping strike down the ground for six to spark scenes of jubilation at a charged Providence Stadium.

Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 126 for 8 (Hetmyer 39, Rutherford 30, Pierre 2/18) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 122/7 (Ingram 25, Green 2/8, Rayad Emrit 2/22, Sohail Tanvir 2/26) by two wickets with one ball remaining.