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Barbados Royals keep playoff hopes alive with 45-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors

Barbados Royals claimed their second win of the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 45-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors. A strong all-rounder performance from the Royals kept their playoff hopes alive with three group games remaining.

The Amazon Warriors never really recovered from a blistering start from the Royals’ batsmen, who put their bowlers under real pressure after being asked to bat first.

The Royals’ innings started early with 67 runs from the powerplay with Johnson Charles (40) and Kyle Meyers (36). Amazon Warriors turned things back on with the wickets of Meyers and Azam Khan, but a stand of 48 between Glenn Phillips and Smit Patel put the Royals back in the front.

Phillips top-scored with 44 runs and was well supported by Jason Holder, who scored 22 runs in just seven balls. The Royals’ innings lost some momentum when both fell early, but they still posted a very competitive 185/8.

Romario Shepherd was once again the pick of the bowlers for the Amazon Warriors, claiming 3/31 in his four overs. Gudakesh Moti bowls with an entry to claim 2/33.

Guyana Amazon Warriors’ reply began badly with three wickets falling inside their powerplay as they reached 39/3 in the first six overs. While wickets fell, it was Mohammad Hafeez who wanted to put things together for the Warriors. He scored 30 off 25 balls before being nicely stumped by Smit Patel off a wide from Ashley Nurse.

When Hafeez fell, Amazon Warriors needed 115 off 65 balls and Shoaib Malik was under pressure to see his team home. The Guyana side had no way of coming back when he fell for a big shot off Naeem Young.

Odion Smith’s late order gave some respect to the margin of defeat, but the Royals ended a comfortable victory with a very strong bowling performance, sharing the wickets equally in their attack.

Brief Scores: barbados royals beat 185/8 (Phillips 44, Charles 40; Shepherd 3/31, Pearl 2/33) Guyana Amazon Warriors 140 all out (O Smith 43, Hafeez 30; Young 3/24, Lintot 2/16) by 45 runs.

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