CPL 2022 – Qualifier 1 Barbados Royals vs Guyana Amazon Warriors Tips and Betting Preview

The finals of the CPL 2022 season begin with a double header of action on Tuesday and it starts with Qualifier 1 where the Barbados Royals take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors with the winners going directly into Friday’s final.

The loser of this match isn’t done for the season. They will get another chance to make the final on Wednesday evening but both teams will be eager to go straight through to the trophy game so this should be extremely hard fought.

Barbados Royals

The Barbados Royals dominated the first phase of the competition but towards the end of it there were just a few signs that their ship was beginning to leak a little bit of water. What has gone before in terms of how dominant they were means nothing now. It is all about being the best on the day but the worry is that the Royals might have had their confidence dented heading into this match, not least because they were well beaten by this opponent in their last regular season match.

The big concern for the Barbados outfit is that in their two outings in Guyana their batting has flattered to deceive. They got away with it when a smart partnership was put together in the first of those games but they were inept in the second one. I’m sure they will shrug it off as a bad day at the office in a match which had nothing on it for them but we see time and again in these franchise tournaments that you just can’t turn form on and off like a tap.

Guyana Amazon Warriors

The Guyana Amazon Warriors head into the finals as the form horses and while what has gone before is largely irrelevant there is no doubt that confidence can play a big role in these finals and the home side have plenty of it. They have played four matches on this ground this season and won them all. They haven’t just won them but they have cruised to victory in the majority of them and they head into this qualifier in excellent order.

The batting has really come to the party for the Guyana side and when you consider they have been playing pressure matches for the last week they will have plenty of belief that they can come through this as a result of that. They have an attack which is perfect for these conditions and probably even better suited to the day game nature of this fixture so if they continue to bat well they’ll be hard to beat. This is their first day game here though which might make a difference.

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Key Players

Jason Holder was the only Barbados Royals batter who got going in the previous match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and he might be crucial here. Even if he isn’t needed as heavily with the bat he will be useful with the ball.

Shakib al Hasan came to the party in a big way against his former club on Sunday evening and he should be perfectly suited to the conditions in front of him here. We know he can tame this attack and his bowling is more than useful.


I think the Guyana Amazon Warriors will win this match. They are probably only the right price rather than value but a winner is a winner so I’m happy to take them at 8/11. They convincingly won the second meeting between these two sides on Sunday evening and should have won the first game as well before they completely butchered a relatively simple run chase. They are batting a lot better on home soil though so I don’t see a batting slip up here.

There seems to be an issue with the Barbados Royals batting against this Guyana bowling attack. They have failed twice against it and since Quinton de Kock and David Miller left there has been a distinct lack of confidence in the batting, not helped by the form of Kyle Mayers completely disappearing. In contrast, all of the Guyana batters have suddenly started to deliver the goods and I think they’ll be the first team into the final with a win here.


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