The first qualifier of CPL 2022 will see the top two teams from the group stage lock horns on Tuesday, September 27.
Table-toppers Barbados Royals will take on second-placed Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The 30th match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2022) saw the Guyana Amazon Warriors lock horns with the Barbados Royals at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Monday, September 26.
A solid performance saw the Warriors beat the Royals comprehensively to book a place in the first qualifier.
Barbados Royals are placed at the top spot in the Men’s Caribbean Premier League 2022 points table with 8 wins and 2 losses from their 10 matches of the league. The team has 16 points.
Kyle Mayers is the top run-scorer for Barbados Royals with 311 runs at a strike rate of 134. He has struck 18 sixes and 33 fours. Quinton de Kock has also made 221 runs at a strike rate of 128.
Jason Holder has been the best bowler for Barbados Royals and has picked up 15 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 7.13.
“Things have been great. Winning eight games out of ten, I think the boys have been playing some good cricket. We’re studying the game, very high-spirited and ready to go for tomorrow,” said Mayers in a pre-match press conference on Monday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors are placed at the 2nd spot in the Men’s Caribbean Premier League 2022 points table with 5 wins and 4 losses from their 10 matches of the league. The team has 11 points.
Shimron Hetmyer is the top run-scorer for Guyana Amazon Warriors with 229 runs at a strike rate of 125. He has struck 8 sixes and 18 fours. Shai Hope has also made 205 runs at a strike rate of 117.
Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for Guyana Amazon Warriors and has picked up 11 wickets while bowling at an average of 22 and an economy rate of 7.00.
“So far it’s been okay. The start wasn’t what we expected as a team but when we got back to Guyana, the guys spirits were much higher than I expected and they were ready to go, especially with the crowds. With the crowds here and knowing the conditions as much as we do, I think the guys are really up for the challenge. It’s just for us to continue,” Hetmyer said.
The Warriors are still unbeaten at home this season, whereas the Royals have looked flawless in the competition so far. However, their last meeting at the same venue saw the Warriors outplay the Royals.
“Mentally, the guys are good. We can’t really think about what happened in the past because a lot of these guys were not here when we made it to the knockout rounds before. We just have to keep taking it one game at a time and focus as hard as we can on the game to come.”
The match will start at 9:00 am Jamaican Time (10:00 am ECT).
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Chandrapaul Hemraj, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shai Hope, Shakib Al Hasan, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Gudakesh Motie, Junior Sinclair, Imran Tahir
Barbados Royals: Kyle Mayers, Rahkeem Cornwall, Harry Tector, Azam Khan, Jason Holder, Najibullah Zadran, Devon Thomas, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Joshua Bishop, Obed McCoy, Ramon Simmonds
Barbados Royals: Quinton De Kock, Jason Holder, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Obed Mccoy, Kyle Mayers, Azam Khan, Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas, Rahkeem Cornwall, Devon Thomas, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, Corbin Bosch, Nyeem Young, Teddy Bishop, Ramon Simmonds
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Imran Tahir, Shimron Hetmyer, Tabraiz Shamsi, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Colin Ingram, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shai Hope, Paul Stirling, Heinrich Klaasen, Keemo Paul, Jermaine Blackwood, Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton, Matthew Nandu, Junior Sinclair