Amazing all-round show from Shepherd secures semi-final spot for the Guyana Amazon Warriors

Guyana Amazon Warriors 142/7 (Shepherd 72*, Hemraj 21; Wasim 3/15, Green 2/19) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 128 (Green 31, Walton 20; Smith 3/20, Shepherd 3/31) by 14 runs

Guyana Amazon Warriors confirmed their place in the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) semi-finals with a second consecutive win over the Jamaica Tallawahs. 

Just like the previous encounter between the two sides the Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first, and although they found themselves in a perilous position at 75/7 – a blistering Romario Shepherd 72 not out ensured they set a target the Tallawahs never looked likely to chase.

In reply the Tallawahs once again succumbed to a heavy defeat as their innings never got going amidst a cluster of regular wickets. Only late hitting from Chris Green prevented them falling to a heavy defeat.

Guyana got their innings off to a slow start as Imad Wasim and Green made early inroads to leave the Amazon Warriors teetering on 36/3.

It was to go from bad to worse when the set Chandrapaul Hemraj holed out in the deep before Shamarh Brooks took a fantastic running catch to remove the dangerous Nicholas Pooran for 9.

Wasim then struck twice in his final over to leave the Amazon Warriors at risk of not making 100. 

However, Shepherd’s power hitting counterattack took the Amazon Warriors to a very healthy 142/7 to pile all the pressure back on the Tallawahs.

The Tallawahs reply got off to a poor start when they lost the clean hitting Kennar Lewis and Kirk Mckenzie to a double wicket maiden over from Imran Tahir.

With the run rate rising Chadwick Walton offered brief respite with some boundary hitting before Hemraj got him to hole out to in the deep.

Wickets continued to fall as Smith and Shepherd got in on the act and at 42/6 the Tallawahs were left to rely on Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell to pull off an unlikely victory.

Some late heroics from Green gave them some hope but they ultimately fell to defeat and exited the tournament. 

(Story from CPLT20.com)

Shepherd’s magic gets Guyana off to a winning start

(Match Report & Photos: Windies Cricket)

Romario Shepherd, batting at Number eight, was the talisman the Guyana Jaguars needed as he scored a high-quality half century in a winning cause. The all-rounder struck some lofty blows to finish on 58 not out from 52 deliveries, which included six fours and two big sixes as the Guyanese made 234 off 41.4 overs.

At one stage they were tottering 177-8, but Shepherd shepherded the lower order as the last two wickets added 58 vital runs. He won the CG Insurance Man-of-the-Match award.

Shimron Hetmyer also played well for 80 before fast bowler Jason Holder got him to chase after a high delivery which caused a mis-hit and he was easily caught by Ashley Nurse​.

Hetmyer faced just 52 balls and played some stunning shots as he registered eight fours and four sixes. Experienced off-spinner Nurse was the pick of the Pride bowlers with 3-44 from ten overs, while skipper Jason Holder had 3-53 from 9.4 overs.

In reply Barbados Pride progressed slowly and were behind the required run rate when the first rain break came. This caused the target to be revised to 232 off 47 overs. At the second rain break the Bajans were in trouble at 91-5 in 29.3 overs. The heavy showers left the outfield too wet for play to restart and the umpires called off the contest at 9:28pm.

Kevin Sinclair finished with figures of 2-17 from 7.3 overs and showcased his cartwheel celebration when he took his first wicket, while Shepherd was impressive with pace and accuracy to end with 1-17.

Speaking to CWI Media after the match, Jaguars captain Leon Johnson said:

“We played today, the bowlers did a good job. Obviously ‘Hetty’ and ‘Sheppy’ brought their international experience for us … 235 is just about par but the second innings teams have struggled to past 190 runs, so we were always confident with the total on the board. We just have to take each game as it comes and it’s just about execution on the day.”