Magnificent Walton overpowers Smith

A record run-chase at Providence Stadium by Guyana Amazon Warriors overshadowed a superb century from Dwayne Smith in Match 19 of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). 

After Smith’s brilliance had lifted the Tridents to 159 the Amazon Warriors chased the total with four balls to spare. 

 

Chasing a record 160 at Providence Stadium demanded efficient use of the Powerplay by the Amazon Warriors and a combination of wayward lines from the Tridents and clean hitting from Chadwick Walton and promoted opener Sohail Tanvir gave them that.

 After three overs the Amazon Warriors, perhaps assisted by the ball skidding on and emboldened by the size of their task, had blitzed 48 runs. 

 

Their early aggression paid off, and despite losing Tanvir—caught at mid-off for 16 off 9 and Gajanand Singh for 0 off 2—the Amazon Warriors reached a venue-record and team-record 72-2 

after six overs. 

Walton was the star and batted magnificently, hitting the ball notably straight and timing the ball sweetly. After just seven overs the required run rate had been slashed from eight to just six and a difficult chase had been transformed.  

 

Martin Guptill then joined Walton and their calm 81 run partnership took the Amazon Warriors within 15 runs of victory with 26 balls remaining. 

Four dot balls then followed before Guptill and Walton were caught in the deep off consecutive balls from Kieron Pollard to give the Tridents a glimmer of hope. 

With eight required off 12 balls Pollard took two more wickets off consecutive balls and conceded just three from the penultimate over, finishing with 4 for 15.

 

Defending five off the last however was a step too far for the Tridents. A boundary down the ground from Assad Fudadin and a wide next ball sealed a spectacular victory for the Amazon Warriors. 

 

Earlier in the evening the Tridents adopted a markedly different approach to their innings. Smith and Kane Williamson begun circumspectly against some tight bowling. 

At the end of the Powerplay they were only 27 for 0, thanks largely to the second over from Sohail Tanvir which was taken for 13 by Smith who hit three boundaries.