Guyana Amazon Warriors secured their first victory of the CPL 2022 season with a win over Saint Lucia Kings by six wickets in Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
South African Wicket Keeper Heinrich Klaasen and Warriors’ captain Shimron Hetmyer featured in a fourth-wicket partnership of 66, off 7.3 overs as the Guyana Amazon Warriors got the better of the St Lucia Kings.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to field, but Kings got off to a good start, racing to 77-0 in the powerplay.
The Saint Lucia Kings finished on 161/7, with Johnson Charles batting throughout the whole innings and scoring a superb 87 off just 59 balls.
The Kings got a wonderful opening stand of 93, off 8.1 overs, between Johnson Charles Scored 87* off 59 balls with six fours and five sixes and captain Faf du Plessis was bowled by left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, for 31 off 20 balls with four sixes
A batting collapse soon followed as Niroshan Dickwella (one), Mark Deyal (one) and Roston Chase (six) all fell to spin, leaving the hosts on 125/4 in the 16th over.
Tim David Scored 23 off 17 balls, with two sixes and a four and Charles pushed the Kings to 161/7 in their allotted overs.
Shamsi (2/14) and pacer Keemo Paul (2/27) took two wickets apiece for the Amazon Warriors.
In Reply, Chandrapaul Hemraj scored five boundaries before being dismissed in the 4th over, with fellow opener Shai Hope then being caught out two balls later.
Despite losing early wickets, Guyana Amazon Warriors navigated their chase through Shimron Hetmyer and Heinrich Klaasen, who built a 66-run partnership together.
Nevertheless, Hetmyer and Klaasen worked together to score runs and keep the Warriors close to their target.
Despite Hetmyer losing his wicket, Klaasen would bat through to the end, and supported by Keemo Paul, managed to get his side across the line with ten balls remaining with Klaasen unbeaten on 61 and Paul on a 10-ball 21.
The win means Amazon Warriors have registered their first victory of the season, while Saint Lucia Kings have suffered their second successive loss.
Brief Scores: St. Lucia Kings 161/7 in 20 overs (Johnson Charles 87*, Faf du Plessis 31; Tabraiz Shamsi 2-14) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors 162/4 in 18.2 overs (Heinrich Klaasen 61*, Shimron Hetmyer 32, Keemo Paul 21*; Jeavor Royal 2-17) by 6 wickets