Guyana Amazon Warriors clinched a spot in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 final following an easy ten wicket win over former champions Jamaica Tallawahs in their semi-final clash at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday.
The Amazon Warriors, featuring four Trinidad and Tobago players in their starting line-up--Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Sunil Narine and Tobago’s Navin Stewart--won the toss and restricted the Tallawahs to 134 for six off their 20 overs after getting both Chris Gayle (19 runs off 23 balls) and Andre Russell (20 off 12) out early.
Simmons then smashed 71 runs off 43 balls while Martin Guptill hit 66 off 46 to lead the Warriors to 138 without loss off 14.5 overs.
When the Tallawahs batted, openers Gayle and Chadwick Walton (34 off 35 balls) put on a solid 55-run stand for the first wicket before the innings fell apart when they tried to accelerate the scoring.
They were into the tenth over when Narine came on to spin his magic, enticing Walton into pulling one straight to Martin Guptill at wide long-on.
Gayle was out in the next over, finding Simmons inches from the long-off boundary off the bowling of James Neesham.
Russell started to get moving with two fours but was run out at the non-striker’s end off Kirshmar Santokie.
Jerome Taylor then landed two fours and a six in a ten-ball 18 towards the end to boost the total but the total was never enough to trouble the Warriors.
Simmons then smashed seven fours and three sixes to anchor his team to victory.
Guptill also found the boundary regularly, hitting six fours and two sixes as the Amazon Warriors won by more than five overs to spare. They will now face Kieron Pollard and the Barbados Tridents in the final tomorrow at the same venue from 4 p.m.