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Imran Tahir (Guyana Amazon Warriors Captain): "Yes, it was a great game. The start we wanted and wanted to bat first. Nice to see the guys coming in delivered. The youngsters are hungry to do well. I feel proud to be a part of the team. Taking one game at a time and going forward we want to continue in the same vein. Nice to be doing the job for the team. Motie bowled well. Important game coming up and everyone chipped in and everyone bowled well. We will rest and recover and a small training camp and then come back strong. Definitely day off tomorrow. Thank you very much and looking forward to the upcoming games."
Rovman Powell (Barbados Royals Captain):"Yeah, it's been a tough season. It's been a very tough season for us. You know, all the plans that we come up with are just not properly executed. And when you have a season like that, you're going to struggle and it shows, but I think there's a lot of positives from the season.
[Rivaldo Clarke] Yeah, yeah, he's been a nice little player. One of our emerging players, one of our development players. It's just good that he got a half-century. He knows what it feels like to score runs at this level and hopefully, we'll take that and get some confidence.
For me personally, the highlight of our season is Rahkeem Cornwall scoring 100 in our hometown in Kensington. That is the highlight for me. We have shared some special moments off the field. We have a lot of positives that we can lean on. We have built some friendships, some bonds that are not easily broken. We have seasons like these. It's now for us to sit down as individuals first look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves if we give it 100%. And at the end of the day, if individuals can say they give it 100%, then there's very little you can do.
I'm still with the royals. I'm optimistic about the future with the Royals, but as I said before, there are a lot of guys who just need experience, just need a little bit of exposure mixed with some good overseas talents and I think the Royals is in good hands."
Shai Hope (Player of the Match): "I would say I could just continue doing what I always do when I was fun. Today was one of those days where I just said I was going to express myself and enjoy batting. I always like to do I, like, enjoy my cricket. I think that was my matchup there and in the position that we were in, we were very solid. We had a very solid start with myself and Kelvon. So the game was just to go. We had a lot of depth in our to. Unfortunately, Rahkeem had to take the punch. [Speaking about his partnership with Kelvon] I told him to enjoy it and told him it does not matter if he scored a fifty or a duck.
I think everything we're doing is clicking at the right time. We just want to make sure everyone continues to push hard and win the matches that mean the most because we can win all the games here. If you don't win the last one, then we wasting our time."
Player of the Match: Shai Hope
7:58 AM IST, 10:28 PM Local Time: That's it then. A comprehensive 88-run win for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as they thrash the Barbados Royals in all facets of the game. They put the runs on the board and then easily defended the total. A top of the table finish for the Warriors while the Royals bow out of the competition.
Chasing a mammoth 227 for the win, the Barbados Royals never got going and lost wickets at regular intervals. Justin Greaves got 16 and Laurie Evans got 13. Rivaldo Clarke was the star as he top scored with 54* off 43 balls and stayed till the end. Carlos Brathwaite got to 18* off 14 balls but it was a bridge too far. Nothing much to ride home about. 13 extras were given by the fielding side as the Royals ended with 138/6 in 20 overs.
All the bowlers of Guyana Amazon Warriors bowled well and never allowed the opposition to come back in the game. Skipper Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/23 in 4 overs.GudakeshMotie complimented him with figures of 2/11 in 4 overs. A wicket also to Dwaine Pretorius as he bowled two overs up front and gave away 5 runs. All in all, a good disciplined performance from the Warriors this evening.
Earlier in the game, Guyana Amazon Warriors were put into bat first by the Royals. Saim Ayub scored 16 while Odean Smith scored 21. But it was the ShaiHope show as the right-handed batter dazzled under the Providence lights. He scored a magical 106 off 44 balls. Kelvon Anderson on debut scored 47 off 39 balls. Shimron Hetmyer scored 16 off 5 balls before being run out. 11 extras were given by the fielding side as the Warriors amassed 226/7 in 20 overs.
Jason Holder and Obed McCoy picked up a couple of wickets apiece for the Royals. While Akeem Jordan picked up the other wicket. There were a few run outs as well. So, a win for the Warriors by 88 runs.
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Clarke gets to his 50 off 43 balls. They will get overthrows as well.
1+4 Short of a length delivery angling in. Clarke hops and drops it down to pitch and scampers for a single. Smith picks up the ball and has a shy at the stumps but misses the and ball races away for four extra runs. So, Clarke managed to complete his maiden half-century. A comprehensive victory for the Warriors.
19.5 O Smith to R Clarke
4 FOUR! Back of a length delivery on the stumps. Clarke hangs back and slaps it straight down the ground and the ball races away for a boundary in a jiffy. Clarke is on 49 runs.
19.4 O Smith to C Brathwaite
1 130.5 kph. Back of a length outside off. Brathwaite slaps it straight along the ground for one.
19.3 O Smith to R Clarke
1 Short of a length delivery outside off. Clarke hangs back and punches it to covers for a single.
19.3 O Smith to R Clarke
WD Full and down the leg. Clarke goes for the scoop shot but misses. Wide signaled by the umpire.
19.2 O Smith to R Clarke
0 Short of a length delivery outside off. Clarke bends low and looks to uppercut it but misses.
19.1 O Smith to C Brathwaite
1 Over the wicket. Full-length on the middle and leg stump line. Brathwaite clips it to short mid-wicket for a solo.