The penultimate match in the regular Caribbean Premier League season takes place in Guyana on Saturday evening as the Guyana Amazon Warriors host the Jamaica Tallawahs in a huge match for both teams.
The winners of this one will move into second place in the table. If that is Guyana then they will be assured of a top two finish while Jamaica will end up in the top two if they win here and Guyana lose their last match so there is plenty on the line.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
The Guyana Amazon Warriors were pretty heavily beaten last time out so they will be out to pick up a win which will boost their morale as well as secure their top two finish. It is hard to criticise a team who are 5-3 for the season especially when they had their home leg of the tournament first and with that have been infrequently active for a while.
If you were to criticise them then it might be that their batting is fragile should Shemron Hetmyer not get them off to a flyer. To make up for that though there is no major weakness in their bowling attack and that is always a good position to be in when knockout cricket is on the horizon. They need to make sure they maintain that intensity in the field.
The only match the Jamaica Tallawahs have lost in the Caribbean was their last match and you have to think that if that had been a full 20 over run chase for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots they would not have lost that either. They are almost impeccable in the Caribbean but this Guyana wicket can be so much different to the others so it will be interesting to see how they handle it.
I’ve thought all along that Jamaica have the most powerful batting line up in the competition but this is rarely a ground for all out power so it will be intriguing to see how they go about building their innings. One thing they do have on their side is a very good bowling attack although it may not be helpful that both their original spinners have left.
Guyana Amazon Warriors may decide to bring their plethora of spinners back should the wicket dictate that. If it doesn’t we could see them unchanged but that does feel unlikely after their last performance.
Ish Sodhi has joined up with the Jamaica Tallawahs now with Adam Zampa having left for the Australian domestic season. He may well be the only change unless Jamaica bring more spin into their ranks.
I’m going to go slightly against the grain here and back there to be more than 300.5 runs. Generally 150 scores on this ground are quite rare but there hasn’t been a match here for quite some time and the last one that was played here saw a first innings score of well over 150.
With the first two play-off matches here there are going to be four matches in five days on this ground so I’m expecting the square to have been well prepared for the first of those matches. As we go along the wicket may revert to type but if it is going to play well it will be here. There is a fair bit of power in both lineups so over 300.5 runs appeals to me here.
WON – Back Over 300.5 runs for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Karamba
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