2013 CPL Champions dethroned

Thousands of screaming fans cheered on for the ball by ball action which took place Warner Park as the two teams fought intensely for the final spot in the grand finale this Saturday.

It was a daring partnership between Chadwick Walton and Chris Gayle, who managed to take their team to 55 runs off of the first 9 overs. But, it was an audacious attempt by Walton to sail the ball for six that got him an early dismissal.

After Walton was trashed for 34 runs, Captain of the Tallawahs who was certainly on his ‘A’ game, was miraculously sent back to the benches with a meager 19 runs, in a similar manner just as his teammate Walton.

On the other hand, Andre Russell, who brought his team a much needed victory against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on Wednesday, entered the pitch with the confidence of his coaches and teammates of another showcase of brilliant batting.

The stunning batting by, Russell that turned a nearly impossible game around for the Tallawahs who trashed the Red Steel’s with two balls and four wickets remaining.

Russell came ready for war as he slowly, but, surely evened out the score with 84 runs from meagerly 7.4 overs. To the surprise of many, including spectators in Warner and the players of the opposing team, that Russell brought the score to 8 runs from one over.

But, it was the surprise of many spectators, including team members of the Tallawahs, as Russell was run-out by his partner Nkrumah Bonner, who in a twisted instance, smashed the ball to wicket.

Just one ball after the fall of Russell, it was Bonner’s turn to be dismissed during an attempt for a six that he was caught with just a little over three overs remaining.

With a few sixes and fours from Jerome Taylor and Rusty Theron, the Tallawahs were able to set a target of 135 with six wickets lost.

But, the powerful steering and precision of Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill, who continues to shine throughout the tournament, was an easy win against the Tallawahs as they sailed through the innings without losing a man on their ship.

Both Simmons and Guptill, who made 71 and 66 runs respectively, are considered the second best partnership in the tournament. The Amazon Warriors reached the required target of 138 runs in 14 overs.

Yesterday’s win also created history yet again at Warner Park, with the Amazon Warriors becoming the first team to win a match in the CPL tournament without the loss of wickets.


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