The Tallawahs bowlers were on a rampage, easily dispatching the Amazon Warriors batsmen for a paltry 93 runs in 16 overs at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium on Sunday night, 7th August. In just over 11 overs, the Tallawahs cruised to victory, but not before their captain Chris Gayle scored 54 runs in his usual ecstatic fashion. And even though the Tallawahs started off scoring a run a ball, they were still well within the run rate.
Many Amazon Warriors were bitterly disappointed after the Tallawahs won the toss and sent them in to bat. It was soon clear that Warriors had few answers to the Tallawahs bowlers. They appeared unable to stand up to the moment of a final encounter in the 2016 Hero CPL T20 tournament. Wickets dropped like flies in the early onset. Only Sohail Tanvir, who had an excellent tournament this season playing for the first time with the Amazon Warriors, stood firm with 42 runs.
Imad Wasim of the Tallawahs picked up 3 for 21. The Tallawahs scored 95 for 1, with Gayle the only wicket. Gayle was very happy with the outcome and praised his teammates for an emphatic victory. “It means a lot to me. Not only me but the country as well, the franchise owner and the players as well,” Gayle said.
He continued, “It’s been a great start to the tournament, we played well at home and we decided, listen me, we made it this far we’re gonna take it all the way.”
Gayle said the manner in which the bowlers went about the game was very pleasing. He also commended Guyana for finishing top of the table and gave a good performance in the tournament.
For the Amazon Warriors, this loss would be even more disappointing considering this was their third trip to the finals in the four-year old competition and are still without a title. Captain Rayad Emrit was very disappointed with the loss but was able to take some positives from the tournament.
He lamented that the team did not show up when it really mattered. “Tonight just wasn’t supposed to be. We didn’t get the runs we wanted…we kept losing wickets at crucial times, we didn’t get any partnerships at all.” Speaking just after the match, Emrit said, “All in all, I am really proud of the guys. They reached to a final, and I must say well done to the guys and let’s come here next year again.”
The 2016 Hero CPL T20 tournament ended on a high at Warner Park. It was the second time the venue hosted the playoffs and the final. The first time was in 2014 when the Barbados Tridents won the title.
Most of the sold out crowd Sunday night, especially those on the mound, sauntered across the field after the match and awards ceremony to the party stand to see performances from local artists and Trinidad and Tobago soca star Kes the Band, which was the headline act.