Sunday, February 25, 2018

Warriors contest CPL final outcome


Gone!: Guyana Amazon Warriors opener Martin Guptill misses and has his stumps lit up by this delivery by Kyle Mayers during the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014 final against Barbados Tridents at Warner Park, St Kitts on Saturday. Guptill and the Warriors lost by eight runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method. See Page 62. –Photo: CPL T20

Mark Fraser

 The Guyana Amazon Warriors are contesting the outcome of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final against the Barbados Tridents on Saturday, but the CPL organisers are yet to respond on the matter.

According to the statement, the Warriors took the decision after reviewing the sequence of events that took place during the rain-affected match which ended up with the Tridents winning by eight runs on the Duckwork Lewis Method.

The statement said that a key issue was the fact that based on the Match Referee’s Game Breakdown Report, the second innings of the match should have been completed by 7.52 p.m. However when the rain came and stopped play at 7.54 p.m., only 15.5 overs were completed.

This demonstrates that there was a slow over rate by the Barbados Tridents and this was not dealt with by the umpires. The Amazon Warriors also complained about the length of time to restart the game after the rain delay.

The statement explained that after the rain interruption, the covers were removed and mopping up took place, and the stumps were back in position, with the field and pitch ready for play to resume. 

Both Match Umpires then went on the field when the stumps were up and subsequently went back off the field without communicating anything to the Guyana Amazon Warriors Team on the position of the game and a further delay ensued.

At this point, an enquiry was made by the Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Manager with regard to the restart of the game. He was told that information will be provided in two minutes. After approximately ten minutes, with no information forthcoming, the Guyana Amazon Warriors Team Manager again approached the umpires and was told that the game will restart at 8.40 p.m. with the full quota of overs to be bowled.

However, the statement said the Match Umpires were consulting with the CPL Technical Committee, “which is strange in cricket, since the sole decision makers are the Umpires and the Match Referee.”

The Barbados Tridents captain and coach were reportedly called and advised about the restart of the game 8.40 p.m. and both objected to the decision. The statement said further consultations took place between the Umpires, the Match Referee and the CPL Technical Committee and after a few minutes, the Guyana Amazon Warriors Team was informed by the Match Referee that the match was ended and Barbados was declared winners based on the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.