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Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer star as Guyana clinch first win of the season
CPL 2020

Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer star as Guyana clinch first win of the season

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 127/8 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 30; Keemo Paul 4-19, Imran Tahir 2-18)

Guyana Amazon Warriors 131/7 in 17 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 71; Rayad Emrit 3-31)

Keemo Paul claimed four wickets in a destructive spell of bowling while Shimron Hetmyer hit his second successive half-century of the tournament as Guyana Amazon Warriors secured their first win this season.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were swept aside by a rampant Guayana side, who completed their chase of the paltry 128-run target with three overs to spare.

While the three-wicket margin of defeat might seem flattering to the Patriots, they were always behind for the majority of the contest and only managed to delay the opposition's victory charge by inflicting a triple wobble towards the end.

The Patriots had no answer to Hetmyer's brutal onslaught as the left-handed batsman toyed with the bowlers by peppering the leg-side boundary with his exquisite hits.

Hetmyer entered the proceedings early when Brandon King failed once again and immediately got going with an array of powerful strokes.

The 23-year-old's dominance on the lackluster Patriots bowling can be testified by the fact that the second-highest score in their innings came from Chandrapaul Hemraj, who contributed 19 next to Hetmyer's 71.

Hetmyer fell just one hit away from victory when he skied yet another slog to Ben Dunk on the long-on boundary, giving Patriots a glimmer of hope for scripting a dramatic comeback.

Dominic Drakes failed to capitalise on the apparent shift in momentum and bowled a wide and a no-ball before his legal delivery was dispatched for four from Romario Shepherd to end the match.

Earlier, Paul had hastened the collapse of the Patriots after they had gotten off to an okayish start in the Powerplay. With Chris Green employing Imran Tahir in the first six overs, the dangerous Chris Lynn was outfoxed by the veteran's guile in the fourth over.

Evin Lewis looked to have found his feet on the sluggish surface but played one shot too many and perished off the bowling of Green for an 18-ball 30.

The Patriots' attempts to repair their early slide were prevented from Paul's crafty assortment of slower bouncers and quick short balls.

The more fluent Dunk was sent back to the pavilion via a bullet throw from Paul as wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran whipped off the bails in a flash to leave the batsman short of his crease.

Paul's dismissal of skipper Rayad Emrit sparked off a unique celebration when the pacer decided to pull out a black mask which he wrapped around his mouth and ears to practice social distancing from his teammates.

The Patriots eventually crawled to 127-8 in their allotted 20 overs.