Barbados Royals into the Final CPL 2022: Barbados Royals faced Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first qualifier of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2022. The Royals defeated the Warriors comprehensively to seal a berth in the final of this year’s competition.
Barbados Royals were asked to bat first by the Warriors. The Royals’ openers in Rahkeem Cornwall and skipper Kyle Mayers got them off to a solid start. Cornwall struggled with timing upfront but once he settled, he took on the bowling and hit sixes for fun. The pair put 55 between them at the end of the powerplay.
Mayers departed on 26 in the seventh over. Harry Tector returned to the hut without troubling the scorers but there was no stopping Cornwall. He teed off in the middle overs and cleared the fence with ease. He was well-supported by Azam Khan from the other end. The 90-run stand was broken when Cornwall fell nine short of his ton. He hit 2 fours and 11 huge sixes. Azam Khan brought up his fifty off just 34 balls to power his side to 195/5. Romario Shepherd finished with figures of 2/29 in his four overs but the other bowlers went on a journey.
Chasing a mammoth total, the Warriors had the worst start, losing in-form Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the very first over. The Royals’ bowlers bowled beautifully and picked three more wickets to reduce the Warriors to 36/4 at the end of the powerplay. The Warriors couldn’t recover from the collapse as they never got going.
The hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shimron Hetmyer stood tall against the Royals but lacked support from the other end. He scored 37 but a flurry of wickets from the other end resulted in them getting knocked over on 108, losing the game by 87 runs. Ramon Simmonds picked up three wickets for the Royals. Cornwall and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also chipped in with a couple of scalps each to help their side qualify for the final.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors will have one more chance to reach the final of the CPL 2022
Guyana Amazon Warriors had won four games on the trot at home but their winning streak came to an end on Tuesday. The Barbados Royals beat them comprehensively in the first qualifier. The Warriors will have another chance to make it to the final as they will face the winner of the Eliminator in the second qualifier. They will hope they put in a much-improved performance on Wednesday.
Barbados Royals displayed a solid performance to seal a berth in the final of the CPL 2022. Rahkeem Cornwall led the charge and played a magnificent knock to set up a platform before the bowlers stepped up to win the game comprehensively. They will look to repeat their performance one last time in this year’s competition.
Player of the Match
Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed the Player of the Match award for his scintillating knock of 91 off just 54 balls to go with his two wickets. Barbados Royals into the final!
At the start, we wanted to give ourselves a chance to see how the pitch was going, we could always make up. I had my eye on the century, but happy with the 91 to put my team in a good position. I still back myself with the ball, I am in the team as an all-rounder.– Rahkeem Cornwall
We mentioned it earlier that our team is a great team. We just had one bad game, but we came out today and did well. Much needed extra days rest. The guys have been working hard, but we can now rest and come back for the finals.– Kyle Mayers, Barbados Royals Skipper
|Barbados Royals:||195/5 (20)|
|Best Performance||(Rahkeem Cornwall 91, Azam Khan 52, Romario Shepherd 2/29)|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors:||108 (17.4)|
|Best Performance||(Shimron Hetmyer 37, Shai Hope 16, Ramon Simmonds 3/17)|
|Match Result:||Barbados Royals beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by 87 runs. |
Barbados Royals into the final