Marlon Samuels hit the fastest Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 century off just 50 balls but that still was not enough to give the Antigua Hawksbills any satisfaction in the second edition of the tournament as they lost to the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 19 runs at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday.
Batting first, the Guyana Amazon Warriors piled up 212 for five off their 20 overs with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill hitting 90 off 51 balls Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin slamming a 34-ball 51.
In reply, Samuels hit an unbeaten 106 off 52 balls to lead the charge during Hawksbills chase but they still fell short in the end, reaching 193 for three after T&T’s Sunil Narine bowled four overs for just 16 runs to keep the pressure on Samuels and company who are still yet to register a victory after eight matches.
When the Warriors batted, Ramdin hit five fours and two sixes in a 114-run stand for the third wicket with Guptill, who hit six sixes and seven fours, as they took the Warriors past 100 off the first ten overs of the match.
Ramdin eventually departed after being caught by the Hawksbills skipper Marlon Samuels off the bowling of Gavin Tonge in the 15th over with the score already on 154.
Guptill was out caught by Miguel Cummins off Carlos Brathwaite shortly after with the score on 164 in the 17th over.
Christopher Barnwell hit and 37 off 20 balls with fours sixes and one four to boost the total towards the end.
The Hawksbills were 32 for three after 5.4 overs in their reply before Samuels and Orlando Peters (64 off 45 balls) came together for an unbroken 161-run stand to keep hope alive.
Samuels hit eight sixes and ten fours while Peters hit five sixes and four fours.