The Amazon Warriors bounced back from defeat against the Tridents and gave Red Steel a sound thrashing last night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, winning with 3 overs to spare.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Red Steels only managed to score 117/ 8 as the warriors bowler Marchant de Lange ripped through the RS batsmen. First to fall victim to him was Jacques Kallis who was caught behind by Ramdin for 3 after facing 7 balls, next was Javon Searles for 6 then Darren Bravo for 3 and later on in the innings he picked up Cooper for 10 runs.
He was greatly supported by West Indian spinner Devendra Bishoo who took 2 for 9 runs, that of Kamran Akmal and Johan Botha. While Sunil Narine chipped in with the prize wicket of the Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo for 5 off 10 balls. The only RS batsman who showed the Warriors some resistance was Cameron Delport who scored 44 runs from 33 balls which included 6 fours and one six, he however lost his wicket to Brad Hodge before he could reach half century. Only 4 RS batsmen were able to reach double figures, Delport 44, Botha 22, Akmal 10 and Cooper 10 while all the rest fell below 10.
The Warriors run chase got of with a rousing start from Lendl Simmons who scored 65 runs from 51 balls, belting off 5 fours and 3 sixes to see the Warriors home safely as he came out not out. He was supported by Brad Hodge who made a solid 33 off 25 balls. The only persons to capture wickets for RS were Bravo 2 for 22 off 3 overs n Botha 1 for 15 off 3 overs too.
This victory moved GAW up to 11 points too with RS, Tridents at the top with 12 points, while Tallawahs and Zouks both on 9 points but because of better net run rate the Tallawahs will advance to the play off rounds and once again the Samuel team the Patriot finished last with 8 points.
As such the Tallawahs will play Red Steel in the first eliminator match on Thursday, the winner of that game will meet the warrior on Friday and who ever wins will play the Tridents who automatically reach final because of gaining most points on Saturday.