A quick-fire 96-run opening partnership between Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi set Guyana Amazon Warriors on their way to a comfortable victory over Barbados Tridents in the 22nd game of CPL 2018.
The Warriors made light work of a 166-run target, easing to an eight-wicket victory inside 17 overs as they jumped back above Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders in what looks like a three-way fight for the top two spots in the CPL table.
The Tridents find themselves firmly at the other end of the table after a fourth straight home defeat and likely needing to win all three of their remaining games to extend their season into the play-offs.
Luke Ronchi (67* off 40) and Chadwick Walton (43 off 34) ensured the Warriors were never in serious danger of falling short of the Tridents’ 165/7 before Shimron Hetmyer and Cameron Delport continued the charge.
The Tridents had needed successive 50 partnerships for the fourth and fifth wickets to post any kind of total after slumping to 39/3 inside the powerplay.
Steve Smith anchored those two partnerships with a 33-ball 40, with first Shai Hope (34 off 24) and then most impressively Nicholas Pooran (46 off 27) playing the big shots around him.