Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs

first_imgTallawahs seeking to ruin Hetmyer, Warriors momentum as action in ‘bubble’ heats up… Permaul could be key versus old franchise, teammatesBy Clifton RossTHE in-form Shimron Hetmyer and his Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) will have their hands full today when they go head-to-head against Jamaica Tallawahs, as they seek to reclaim their spot as table-leaders inside the ‘bubble’.Thanks to their win on Thursday, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) bumped Warriors down to second place but today’s clash could see the former 5-time finalists possibly reclaim their number one spot; should they overcome Rovman Powell and his men.The key for Warriors’ success at the moment seems to be Hetmyer. The left-hander has been rampant over the last few games, smashing back-to-back fifties; with one of them a match-winning knock. The Windies batsman currently holds the highest two individual scores of the tourney this season; – 63* and the match-winning 71 which he scored in the last game.Hetmyer also enters today’s match as the leading run-scorer with 134 runs from two games while Tallawahs batsman Glenn Phillips could be gunning for the leading run-scorer’s spot, having racked up some 102 runs thus far for the 3rd spot on the runs list.Tallawahs have shown similar fight to that of the Warriors, losing their first match before rebounding emphatically to whip St Lucia Zouks by 5 wickets two days ago.Phillips, Pakistani hard-hitting all-rounder Asif Ali who played a blinding cameo in the last game along with Powell and the ‘Dange-Russ’ Andre Russell; all seemed to be peaking.Decorated CPL opener Chadwick Walton will want to make amends for his failures in the previous match, especially against his old franchise and teammates. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also adds impetus in both departments while their bowlers will have their tails up coming off a victory.Guyanese/Jamaica Tallawahs import Veerasammy Permaul could be a handful against his former franchise GAW.One interesting match-up could be Veerasammy Permaul versus his old team Warriors and a number of his national teammates and friends. The left-arm spinner, arguably the most prolific bowler in Regional Cricket currently, has never represented another franchise apart from Warriors until now, making the contest between Permaul and his countrymen, the likes of Hetmyer, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Romario Shepherd, one of the most intriguing on the match.With Afghans Mujeeb Ur-Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane completing the spin department, speedster Oshane Thomas, Russell and Brathwaite will lead the pace attack for Tallawahs.Warriors’ bowling has never been a question of competence; it has always been a matter of consistency and discipline – boxes the local franchise ticked during their 3-wicket win over the St Kitts Patriots – and will be eager to get checked come today.Heading into this afternoon’s clash, Paul with 5 wickets is the leading wicket-taker having come fresh from a sterling 4-for. Imran Tahir’s class and capability needs no questioning as the seemingly ageless South African leg-spinner continues to bag wickets and stem the flow of runs, with expectations that he could pull one of his surprise innings out of the bag come later today.Captain Chris Green has been decent but his remodelled action will need some more getting used to on Caribbean surfaces. His 1-24 will provide enough confidence for him to fully get into his groove.Windies all-rounder Shepherd was a bit expensive and returned wicket-less but could erase those memories, having now gotten more acclimatised to the conditions at Tarouba.One key thing for GAW will be who supports Hetmyer with the bat. Both Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj now seem to be getting their eyes in at the top of the order, but will need to quickly turn on the heat against Tallawahs’ star-studded lot of bowlers.Ross Taylor has not yet peaked, but one of the most prolific New Zealand batsmen in history needs no introduction, but rather the opportunity to spend a bit more time in the middle to get used to the conditions in the bubble.With a number of top all-rounders in the side, Paul, Rutherford, Shepherd and Nicholas Pooran, if on point, could fire Warriors to a huge total or easily wrap up any chase. They will, however, need to get their mental capacity in the right place for this encounter.Much like the tale of the tapes when going up against TKR, Warriors have defeated the Patriots 4 out of the 5 times these two franchises met over the last 3 seasons. But TKR still managed to hand GAW their first loss on opening day – something the Tallawahs might want to take a closer look at from a psychological perspective.Meanwhile, Match 8 will bowl off at 14:15hrs at Brian Lara Cricket Ground, Tarouba. Prior to this match, Patriots will open today’s double-header when they tackle Zouks at the same venue from 10:00hrs.last_img read more