Amazon Warriors win maiden CPL title
It was a historic night at Providence stadium as Guyana Amazon Warriors won the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final with a nine-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders, ensuring a maiden CPL title for the franchise.
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to bowl first, producing a disciplined performance to bowl the Knight Riders out for just 94. Imran Tahir and Gudakesh Motie had valuable economical spells, while Dwaine Pretorius took four wickets.
It was a nervy chase from the Amazon Warriors in front of a home crowd as the Knight Riders tried to restrict runs with spin, however, Saim Ayub and Shai Hope, the two leading run scorers in CPL this season, would ultimately see them over the line.
Despite a 24-run opening stand between Chadwick Walton and Mark Deyal, the Knight Riders lost wickets at regular intervals, with three falling to seam bowling in the power play, including key batter Nicholas Pooran.
Captain Kieron Pollard would fall immediately after the power play, as spin began to play a vital role. Motie and Tahir caused havoc, taking a combined four wickets and conceding just 15 runs.
Keacy Carty attempted to lead the resistance for the Knight Riders, but as he ran out of partners, he took more risks, eventually falling to a brilliant Shimron Hetmyer catch. The Knight Riders finished on 94.
Guyana Amazon Warriors lost the early wicket of Keemo Paul, who was opening, which added tension to their chase. Knight Riders would deploy Akeal Hosein and Sunil Narine in the power play, attempting to prise more wickets, but the Amazon Warriors ended the power play on 29 for one.
Ayub and Hope showed the form that has led to them leading the run-scoring charts this season, combining to take the Amazon Warriors to victory, Ayub bringing up his half-century with a six from the last ball of the chase, to take the Warriors to a maiden CPL title win.