Amazon Warriors make light work of Zouks
PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC):
Guyana Amazon Warriors played imperiously to whip St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets on Saturday night and send a stern warning to their rivals in the second edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Opting to bowl first, they bundled out the visitors for a paltry 117 off 19.2 overs, with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie ripping through the innings to finish with four for 11 and off-spinner Sunil Narine taking two for 21.
In reply, New Zealander Martin Guptil stroked a measured unbeaten 50 off 47 balls and opening partner Lendl Simmons, an up tempo 36 from 27 deliveries, as Amazon Warriors marched to their target off 16 overs at the National Stadium.
The victory was the third straight for last year's losing finalists and it put them on top the standings on six points.
Zouks, meanwhile, slipped to their second straight loss, following their seven-wicket defeat to Jamaica Tallawahs a week ago.
Their batsmen were never up to the task and only tailenders Sohail Tanvir with 32 off 25 balls and Mervin Matthew, 21 off 10 deliveries, passed 20.
Zouks lost wickets quickly from the outset, plunging to 34 for four in the seventh over, and never recovered.