CPL 2021: Hetmyer fifty guides Guyana to victory over Knight Riders

Defending champion Trinbago Knight Riders fell nine short of its target while chasing a target of 143.

Shimron Hetmyer scored 54 off 41 balls against TKR on Thursday.   -  FILE PHOTO/ K.R. DEEPAK

Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) stunned defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) with a nine-run win in the opening match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday.

Put in to bat, GAW made 142 for 7, riding on Shimron Hetmyer's 50.

In reply, TKR, who had won all its 12 matches in the 2020 edition, could only score 133 as Romario Shepherd (3/15) and Man-of-the-Match Odean Smith, who scored 24 while batting, snared two wickets for 10 runs in two overs.

GAW began well and hard-hitting one-down batsman Smith maximised the power play overs with 24 runs from 15 balls. Vice-captain Hetmyer (54) then anchored the innings and struck lusty blows to score his fifty.

During their run chase, TKR seemed to be on track to pull off a win but the loss of both Sunil Narine and Bravo to Imran Tahir put the brakes and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

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TKR was 78 for 5 after 12 overs and it could not recover from that.

In another match, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (SKN) got off to a winning start with a comfortable 21-run victory over the Barbados Royals (BR).

Put in to bat, the Patriots lost three wickets, including that of Chris Gayle, for 38 runs, but a superb 115-run partnership in 70 balls between DJ Bravo (47 not out) and Sherfane Rutherford (53) ensured a solid 175 for 5 in 20 overs.

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Fabian Allen scored 15 in seven balls late in the innings.

The Patriots’ then delivered a fine bowling performance and were never in trouble against the Barbados batsmen. The Barbados openers were gone in the first three overs. Shai Hope gave some hope for Barbados with 44 but his dismissal spelt disaster despite some late effort by Azam Khan, resulting to a dominant win by Patriots.

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