Sarwan takes full blame for loss
Guyana Amazon Warriors skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan took responsibility for their loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs in the final of Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 on Saturday night.
“I take full responsibility. The (batting) adjustments didn’t pay off tonight and I will take all the blame for that because we tried to get some momentum going. I made some mistakes and it cost us the game,” he said after the game.
The Warriors had made 128 for five off 20 overs when they were sent in to bat first, with the skipper changing up the batting order which saw Sunil Narine coming in before big hitter James Franklin and himself.
Narine entered the middle with the score on 79 for three and 15 overs gone.
Franklin came in with 18 balls left in the innings. He faced half of the remaining balls and scored 17, which was the third highest score of the innings behind Lendl Simmons’ 40 off 44 balls and Denesh Ramdin’s 29 off 34.
Speaking about the batting order, Sarwan said: “Maybe if we got Franklin up a bit earlier we could have probably posted a better total but I live by my decisions.”
And even after finishing as runners-up, the Amazon Warriors skipper still believes his team had some of the best performances of the tournament.
“I think we played well in the tournament. We played the best cricket (prior to the final) but at the end of the day, it does not really count because we worked really hard to get to this point and to lose it this way is unfortunate,” he added.
They were holding their own in defence of a small total but two huge overs costing 20 runs each bowled by Christopher Barnwell and Player-of-the-Tournament Krishmar Santokie undid all their hard work.
But Sarwan still believes they entertained the crowd and he is confident that the next edition of the tournament will be bigger and better.
“I think it is a wonderful tournament and it is really good to see the amount of West Indians that came out to support us and I am sure it is going to get bigger and better,” he concluded.