ABOUT THE MATCH
Unbeaten league leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors travel to Gros Islet to take on St Lucia Zouks in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League. The match, at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, takes place on September 25.
The Warriors go into this game having won six from six so far. Already assured of a play-off place as a result, their attention now turns to seal top spot and building momentum for those play-offs. They have benefited from some superb all-round showings so far, and look the team the best quality across the board.
St Lucia Zouks, on the other hand, has been inconsistent. This is their fourth home game, having been bowled out for 101 in their first before the rain frustrated them in their second. They finally won last time out, however – victory against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots ensuring they are still firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot of their own.
St Lucia Zouks have lost the toss in their last two home games but were asked to bat first and did not seem to have any qualms about that. Perhaps they will do the same thing if they win the toss this time.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Another clear evening after a hot, sunny St Lucia day awaits. There is an extremely low chance of rain forecast and with not too much wind either it should be a hot evening.
St Lucia’s flat, fast wickets have served up some even contests so far, with something in them for the pacemen and spinners too so far. It has generally been well balanced in the three games at Gros Islet so far.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF ST LUCIA ZOUKS
Andre Fletcher (wk), Rahkeem Cornwall, Colin Ingram, Colin de Grandhomme, Darren Sammy (c), Andre McCarthy, Chris Barnwell, Kesrick Williams, Jeavor Royal, Hardus Viljoen, Fawad Ahmed
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Guyana Amazon Warriors
Brandon King, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Imran Tahir, Qais Ahmad
ST LUCIA ZOUKS
- Jeavor Royal has played the last two matches with Obed McCoy out injured.
- Royal took 1-30 from his first T20 bowling spell last time out , and may continue ahead of Krishmar Santokie if McCoy is still ruled out.
- John Campbell’s return to the team was brief, meanwhile – Andre McCarthy replaced his last time out and the Zouks could be unchanged from that win.
- Victory against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots last time out was just St Lucia Zouks’ second of the campaign so far and their first at home.
- They were carted for just 101 in their first home game, losing by 72 runs against Barbados Tridents, and then only 12.2 overs were possible in their second against Trinbago Knight Riders.
- Last time out, Andre Fletcher set the tone at the top of the order and Darren Sammy ensured a strong finish as they posted 165/6 from their 20 overs against the Patriots.
- In reply, Hardus Viljoen (3-14), Kesrick Williams (3-48) and Fawad Ahmed (2-19) helped restrict them to 145/9.
Guyana Amazon Warriors
- Romario Shepherd returned in place of Qais Ahmad last time out and again bowled well.
- Ahmad could return this time, however, with Odean Smith potentially the man to miss out, if the Warriors want to get their in-form spinner back in their ranks.
- Guyana Amazon Warriors gave won six from six so far, extending their winning streak most recently with victories against Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents.
- They posted 218/6, thanks to Shoaib Malik (67*) and Brandon King (59) against the former, before bowling the Tallawahs out for 137.
- And they followed that in a rain-affected game against Barbados Tridents, in which they bowled the hosts out for 138.
- In reply, King’s half-century had guided them to 81/2 when the rain came ensuring a comfortable DLS-method win.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Guyana Amazon Warriors look unstoppable at the moment and it is hard to see anybody beating them, even if the Zouks did record an overdue home win last time out.
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