Walton, Ronchi blast Guyana Amazon Warriors past Tallawahs
Walton hit 84 not out off 40 balls in the Amazon Warriors win
Guyana Amazon Warriors eased past the Jamaica Tallawahs by nine wickets to close in on a 2017 Caribbean Premier League play-off place.
Chadwick Walton hit an undefeated 84 off 40 balls and Luke Ronchi 55 not out in an unbroken stand of 135 to clinch victory with 57 balls to spare.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakarra hit 38 and Andre McCarthy 44 in the Jamaica Tallawahs 149/7.
Sohail Tanvir (2/27) and Rayad Emrit (2/29) continued their fine form with the ball in restricting the Tallawahs at Sabina Park.
The Tallawahs are in second place on 12 points but have played all 10 preliminary games, as have the Warriors, who are 4th on 10 points.
Both teams will move forward to the play-offs unless Barbados Tridents can win their remaining two games handsomely.
Emrit praised his team’s workmanlike performance, “I think we worked hard for this victory. I didn't expect myself that we would do it in 11 overs. We knew if we got wickets, it was difficult for a new batsman to come in and start hitting. Our bowlers did it for us again in this game.”
He added, “We did a couple of things different at the top of the order. We sent in Tanvir, he didn't get going tonight, but from there, we started winning games. We knew that is going to count at the end of the day. Winning was most important, but doing it in 11 overs helped."
Tallawahs skipper Sangakarra said the Warriors outplayed his team in every department.
"I thought we were 15 runs short with the bat. I thought we played very well against Patriots and defended that well. I thought 160 would have given us a chance, but they took the attack to us. Being in the top two is nice, but it all depends on the games. But whoever we play, we need to play a lot better than we did tonight,” said Sangakarra.
Man of the Match Walton had a bit of stick for his former teammate Kesrick Williams
"I ran out of pages in my notebook, but there is a rivalry going on (with Kesrick Williams)," he said.
"It has been years that we have been doing this now, good fun. I've done a lot of work with the coaches. We were just thinking about giving our team a fighting chance. There is still a game of cricket, we will have to wait and see (if we have qualified),” Walton added.
Summarized scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 150 for 1 (Walton 84*, Ronchi 55*) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 149 for 7 (McCarthy 44, Sangakkara 38) by nine wickets