Warriors, Tridents square off
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC ):
Guyana Amazon Warriors will try to compensate for last year's heartbreak, when they clash with a buoyant Barbados Tridents in the final of the Caribbean Premier League here today.
The two teams took contrasting paths to the final - Amazon Warriors battling through the playoffs and Tridents booking a direct spot - but this will account for little when they pit their strengths against each other in the 4 p.m. (3 p.m. Ja time) contest at Warner Park.
Amazon Warriors coach Roger Harper is mindful of not repeating the same mistakes of last year, which saw them falter in Port of Spain.
"This time around we will be looking to produce our best cricket when it counts," he stressed.
Amazon Warriors finished second on 12 points with a 6-3 record that was shared by the top four finishers. Tridents, however, topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate and booked their spot in the final.
After watching Tallawahs beat Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by four wickets on Wednesday, Amazon Warriors promptly greeted them in the second playoff with a resounding ten-wicket defeat - the first ever in CPL history.
The performance sent a stern warning to Tridents but their skipper Kieron Pollard said his side were not fazed.
"The Warriors played very well , but I am not worried," said Pollard.
BARBADOS TRIDENTS (from) - Kieron Pollard (captain), Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Kirk Edwards, Rayad Emrit, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Neil McKenzie, Kyle Mayers, Jeevan Mendis, Ashley Nurse, William Perkins, Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Smith.
GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS (from) - Denesh Ramdin (captain), Sunil Narine, Mohammad Hafeez, Veerasammy Permaul, Christopher Barnwell, Lendl Simmons, Martin Guptill, Krishmar Santokie, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Corey Anderson, Navin Stewart, Leon Johnson, Robin Bacchus.