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A top-of-the-League clash between
leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors and
second placed Jamaica Tallawahs will
signal the start of the knock-out stage
of the Caribbean Premier League
Warriors and Tallawahs are among
four teams vying for a spot in the finals
on Sunday after the elimination of Bar-
bados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis
Breakout star of the CPL this year,
Rovman Powell, says Tallawahs are
seeking to bounce back after back-to-
back losses to the St Lucia Zouks in
the Florida leg.
"It is not really a clean slate, Guyana
Amazon Warriors are a good team, it
is important for us to come back and
get our act together," said Powell.
"We have got the next few days to
get our plans right for the finals."
A loss in tonight s game at Warner
Park will not lead to automatic elim-
The top two teams will get another
chance to qualify for the final against
the winner of Playoff 2.
"We really want to go to St Kitts and
get the final place secured," Powell said.
"Fort Lauderdale hasn t been a happy
hunting ground for us over the last few
days but there are a lot of positives we
can take from those games looking for-
ward to the finals".
Meantime the Amazon Warriors are
reported to be brimming with confi-
dence having lost just three matches
this season to finish top of the Hero
"I think the guys are going to be very
upbeat. This is what we wanted to do,
to end in the top two, and that is what
we just did," said Dwayne Smith.
"It is just to go out there now in St
Kitts and perform as best we can. Even
when we lost games this season the
guys were still upbeat. It is one family
here which is good and I hope we can
carry on the performances and take it
to the knockouts."
The Amazon Warriors lost their cap-
tain Martin Guptill to New Zealand
duty halfway through the season but
the absence of their leader and star
opening batsman did not unduly affect
Smith says that moving from playing
in Florida to Warner Park in St Kitts
will not present a problem for his side
and he doesn t feel the other teams
will struggle to make the transition
"I don t think it will be a challenge
[to adapt to conditions], everyone
knows how the pitch plays in St Kitts
already," Smith said.
"So it is going to be good games, it
is going to be tough but I am sure that
we can come out on top."
ST GEORGE'S---Leaders Trinidad
and Tobago s unbeaten run contin-
ued when they hammered lowly
placed Leeward Islands by 114 runs
in fourth round action of the
Regional Under-15 Championship
here on Monday.
Starts from top order batsmen
Anthonio Gomez, Tariz Mohammed
and Hayden Seales and three wicket
hauls from Jayden Seales, Rivaldo
Ramlogan and Sameer Ali catapulted
T&T to a commanding win at
Gomez scored 46, Mohammed 45
and Seales 41 as the young Trinida-
dians posted 223 for seven and bowled
out their opponents in 40.2 overs.
Leewards slumped to 56 for four
and never recovered in the face of a
persistent bowling attack led by
Seales, Ramlogan and Sameer who
grabbed 3-19, 3-21 and 3-21 respec-
T&T now sits at the top of the
table on 25.4 points while Leewards
are on fourth place with 7.4 points.
Guyana is five points adrift of T&T
after a convincing 100 run win over
hapless Jamaica at Tanteen.
The Jamaicans did well to bowl
out the Guyanese for 150 in 48 overs
after they recovered from a shaky
31 for the loss of three wickets with
two batsmen getting starts-Sachin
Singh 43 and Dwain Dick 32.
Jacobs three for 30 and Bisnarth
Headley two for 15 were the pick of
the Jamaican bowlers.
Jamaica did not capitalise on the
advantage given to them by their
bowlers and suffered a total melt-
down on the chase, crumbling for
50 runs in 41.1 overs.
No player made the cross over into
double figures as Nigel Deodat 3-8,
Lance Roberts 2-16 and Sheldon
Charles 2-1 reaped havoc.
Unbeaten Guyana is second on the
points table on 20.7 points while
their beaten opponents languish in
the cellar position on 0.3 points.
Over at LaSagesse, a century part-
nership between Antonio Morris and
Demetrius Richards laid the foun-
dation for Barbados to outplay
Windward Islands by 99 runs.
Morris top scored with 79 from
89 balls including 13 fours while
Richards posted 60 from his 83 ball
innings that counted two fours.
The two put on 136 runs for the
third wicket as Barbados soared to
239 for five in their 50 overs in a
dominant batting display.
Effan Doctrove two for 51 and
Ramando Brown two for 35 made
breakthroughs for the Windwards
but their efforts were not enough to
contain the prolific Bajans.
Windwards suffered major set-
backs while chasing the target, slid-
ing to 58 for the loss of four wickets
but were unable to repair the damage
and were eventually dismissed for
140 in 41.5 overs.
The main destroyers shared the
spoils evenly -- Hans Campbell 2-
17, Renacko Belgrave 2-16 and
Nicholas Austin 2-18.
Barbados is in third position with
14.1 points while Windwards are 6.8
points, just above bottom placed
New Zealand import Colin Munro believes
his team Trinbago Knight Riders can stop a red
hot St Lucia Zouks in their 2016 Hero Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) play-offs but the senior
players must step up to the challenge.
TKR ended fourth in the prelims of the tour-
nament and will now play the third place St Lucia
Zouks at Warner Park in St Kitts tomorrow night
Munro who has scored 376 runs at an average
of 40.75 with a century and three half centuries
in the tournament so far said: "I think we just
need to ask more of the same in terms of players
stepping up, senior guys stepping up. It is nice
looking back at the whole tournament with people
stepping up in different situations. So if we got
three or four players playing to their potential,
our team is pretty dynamic."
The Knight Riders had a mixed start to the
tournament in their home leg in Trinidad, but
they came back from that to make the knockout
stages. They didn t panic and Munro says that
is indicative of his side.
"We all have that calm nature about us. Obvi-
ously it is a must win game but at the end of the
day it is a game of cricket and we are approaching
every game like that after having a not great home
leg. The experience in our group in terms of tour-
naments that we have won and great coaching
staff we will be nice and relaxed and just go out
there and express ourselves as best as we can."
The record between these teams is one win
each and Munro says that the Zouks are a dan-
gerous side who should be respected.
"You go through their batting line up and you
get a wicket and you have Mike Hussey coming
in and you get another wicket and you have David
Miller coming in! They have batters all the way
down. There are some areas where we can work
to get the backup bowling right and if we can
get that right we have shown that we can chase
down totals and if we set totals we can get a lot
of runs on the board."
The Zouks have won five of their last six games
so remain the form team of Hero CPL right now,
but that one loss came against TKR. Despite this,
Shane Watson of the Zouks feels his team are in
a really good place heading into this must win
Watson is not underestimating the TKR team
however. "They have matched up really well
against us. The last time we played against them
in St Lucia, Umar Akmal played an incredible
innings. They have certainly got some very dan-
gerous players like Hashim Amla who is back at
the top of the order. We are certainly going to
have to be at our very best because TKR have a
really well balanced team with world class players
throughout. We played very well against them
in Trinidad at the start of the tournament so we
need to bring that again."
Munro says TKR
must step up
TKR captain Dwayne Bravo celebrates one of his
four wickets against the St Kitts Patriots in the
CPL in Florida on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY CPL 2016.
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