The Jamaica Tallawahs made it 2 from 2, when they beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League on Saturday at Warner Park in St Kitts.
The match got off to a delayed start because of overnight rain, and when the Warriors were sent in to bat, they lost two early wickets, which brought together the experienced pair of captain Shimron Hetmyer who scored 39 and Shai Hope who scored 25.
They steadied the innings with some accurate bowling on a turning pitch, and took the score from 5 for 2 to 71 for 3 in 14 overs.
When they were both dismissed one after the other, Romario Shepherd scored 36 from 17 and Henrich Klaasen scored 22 from 15 to reach 146 for. Chris Green’s 4 overs cost only 5 runs.
In reply, the Tallawahs got a steady start from Brandon King who used 25 balls to score 35, but got a match winning captain’s knock from Rovman Powell, who scored 44 not out from 38 balls, to reach 143 for 6 and win by 4 wicket.
The Tallawahs needed 39 runs from 18 balls, when Shepherd was given the responsibility to bowl the 18th over.
The Guyanese all rounder did get the wicket of Fabian Allen for 3, but was taken for 21 runs in the next 5 balls to leave Tallawahs needing just 16 runs from the last 12 balls.
Odean Smith conceded 8 runs in the 19th over, but Shepherd could not prevent defeat as Rovman Powell hit a huge six off the second ball of the last over, after bowling a wide.
Gudakesh Motie had figures of 4 overs, 2 for 10.
The win puts the Tallawahs on 4 points, followed by the TKR, who play the Patriots later this evening with 2 points. Barbados Royals also have 2 points. The Warriors, Kings and Patriots are all pointless.