Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford blasted Guyana Amazon Warriors into second place on the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table with an astonishing chase in 14.1 overs against the Trinbago Knight Riders attack.
The Warriors’ bowlers had played their part to restrict the Knight Riders powerful batting line-up to just 154/7, and that left Guyana with two different targets.
The Warriors had to chase the target inside 15.3 overs to leapfrog Jamaica Tallawahs to the second spot on NRR, which they did comfortably with 8 balls to spare till that mark.
At 67/2 from nine overs on the back of Cameron Delport’s 37 from 27, the Warriors looked well placed for the win but behind the rate required to take second spot.
Then Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford went berserk.
Rutherford smashed his first two balls over mid-wicket for six, but even better was to come as the next ball was reverse-swept high into the stands for a third successive six. Hetmyer continued the onslaught in the next over, passing 50 in just 24 balls as he took Anderson Phillip for another pair of huge sixes.
Then it was back to Rutherford, with the second of three sixes he smashed off Dwayne Bravo in over 13 bringing up the 50 partnership in a mere 15 balls.
Although Hetmyer couldn’t quite see his team over the line, bowled by the impressive leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, Chadwick Walton promptly smashed his first ball for six to bring the scores level and allow Rutherford the luxury of needing just a single to finish things rather than adding to his six sixes.
These two teams now meet again on Tuesday in Playoff 1 for a place in the final.
Earlier, the Knight Riders were pegged back early with three key wickets falling in the powerplay.
Denesh Ramdin, who has been in fine form since moving up the order, made 32 and shared a 54-run partnership with Darren Bravo to steady the ship. Dwayne Bravo promptly added a second from his very first ball.
Spin had worked well for the Warriors, Green himself and Imran Tahir getting through their eight overs at a combined cost of just 44.
A tight final over from Emrit kept the total down to 154/7 and that was simply nowhere near enough for the Knight Riders – or the Tallawahs, who must now face St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in Wednesday night’s Playoff 2 when the loser’s season will be over.