Openers hit fifties after bowlers rein in Amazon Warriors experienced batting line-up
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 147 for 2 (Lewis 62, Thomas 55*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 146 for 8 (Hemraj 39, Hafeez 38*, Drakes 3-26, Fawad 2-33) by 8 wickets
Lewis showed the way with 62 from 39 balls, carting four fours and five sixes in an authoritative innings. Although Patriots had started cautiously with just 29 runs in the first five overs – three out of four fours had already come off Lewis’ bat until then – he made full use of the final over of the powerplay. Lewis swept and rammed Imran Tahir for two sixes in a row, and continued to enjoy the legspinner’s bowling. When Tahir tossed one up in the eighth over, he went over the bowler’s head; and when Tahir went flat, Lewis cracked him over deep midwicket for six in subsequent overs. The bowler got a measure of revenge when he had Lewis stumped off a googly in the 14th over, but by then the Patriots were well on track for victory.
At the other end, Thomas stayed solid. Although on 11 from 26 balls at one stage, he broke the shackles by whipping and slapping Odean Smith for two fours. Next over, he launched Ashmead Nedd over deep square for six and eventually ended with 55 not out off 54.
Hafeez propelled the Warriors in the final two overs, smashing Drakes for successive sixes and then clattering Dwayne Bravo for consecutive fours to drag his team to 146. It didn’t prove enough in the end.
Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo