Thursday 21 September, 2017

Munro half-century clinches finals place for Trinbago Knight Riders

Munro survived several chances to successfully anchor the TKR run chase

Munro survived several chances to successfully anchor the TKR run chase

Colin Munro’s hit a patient 57 not out to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders past the Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets and into the finals of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League.

Chasing 160 for victory, the Knight Riders lost Sunil Narine off the first ball of the run chase and Hamza Tariq in the fifth over to lapse to 33/2 at Tarouba.

Munro hit six fours in his match-winning partnership of 85 with Darren Bravo (43 off 27) to anchor a thrilling chase.

The Amazon Warriors had earlier benefitted from a 47-run partnership between Luke Ronchi (23) and Chadwick Walton (37) before Roshon Primus (35 not out) and Gajanand Singh (39) pushed the score to 159/6.

Trinbago Knight Riders will now face the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 2017 CPL Final at the Brian Lara Stadium on Saturday night.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo was happy with his team's batting and is looking forward to the finals.

'Our batting shuffle worked tonight, we're going to back Narine and Munro at the top. No disrespect to the other teams, but the two best teams are in the final. People are going to come in numbers and we'll need their support. It's gonna be entertaining. I'm looking forward to it," said Bravo. 

Munro said after the match that his team deserved to be in the finals.

“Credit to our batting. The last two games we let ourselves down. Sometimes I'm more comfortable coming in early because you can generate a strike rate early in the Powerplay. Otherwise it's not easy to poke around at No. 3. We've been the form team and deserve to be in the final,” said Munro.

Guyana Amazon Warriors, three time losing finalists, were left to rue another season without the title.

Skipper Rayad Emrit lamented his team's performance on the night.

"It was probably one of our worst nights. Even our ground fielding wasn't up to it. That's it, it was just one of our bad days. Gotta put it behind us. It's been tough [to captain] but I'm one to accept the challenge. We had to win our last five games and it's taken a toll. Still think we had done satisfactorily with 159," said Emrit.