Antigua v Guyana, CPL 2013, North Sound August 17, 2013

Hafeez knocks Antigua Hawksbills out

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Guyana Amazon Warriors 170 for 5 (Hafeez 50*, Tonge 3-24) beat Antigua Hawksbills 166 for 6 (Powell 47, Samuels 43, Santokie 3-19) by 5 wickets
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The Antigua Hawksbills were fighting to keep themselves alive in the Caribbean Premier League 2013. The Guyana Amazon Warriors needed 16 off the final over, in a chase of 167. On came Devon Thomas, who had never bowled in Twenty20 cricket prior to this tournament and was yet to bowl in the match. He was duly taken for 19, Mohammad Hafeez playing the hero for Guyana with a little help from Sunil Narine.

Marlon Samuels turned to the medium pace of Thomas because he had few other options. His strike bowlers, Kemar Roach, Gavin Tonge and Sheldon Cotterrell - as well as Samuels himself - had bowled out. Seamer Orlando Peters and offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall had gone for 46 runs between them in three overs. And so it was Thomas. The first two balls were on shorter lengths to Hafeez, who was smacking his way to a half-century. Both were pulled for singles - one accounted for Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was attempting to scamper a second to keep Hafeez on strike.

The third ball, the first one Narine faced, another short delivery, was deposited in the stands at midwicket. It had Antigua coach Viv Richards shaking his head - the field, with the straight fielders up and the ones square of the wicket deep suggested another short one was on its way, and Narine was ready and executed perfectly. After an on-field conference, Antigua reversed the field, and Thomas got one in the blockhole. Narine managed to turn the strike over. Next up, Thomas got the full delivery wrong, full toss on the pads, flicked away for six by Hafeez. Game over. Antigua tried to force the first Super Over of the tournament with all the fielders up in the circle for the final delivery, but Hafeez coolly deposited it over mid-on.

Hafeez, who was handed the new ball when Antigua chose to bat, conceded just 26 runs in his four overs in what was his final game at CPL 2013 before he departs for national duty.

Left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie and Narine were also very effective, but four of Antigua's top five managed rapid cameos. A lot of the damage was done in the penultimate over of their innings, in which Ben Rohrer and Thomas took 24 runs - including three sixes - off allrounder Christopher Barnwell. Thomas was out in the final over, ruled obstructing the field after he had changed directions while running, as Antigua finished on 166 for 6, a total that stretched Guyana but proved to be just short of enough.

The result meant CPL 2013's four semi-finalists were confirmed, with Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago going through. The final league game, on Sunday, will decide who plays whom in the semis.

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Now the fireworks begin...been following the games since they began and it does boil down to the best 4,,let's see who is the taker of the first CPL tournament.

  • o on August 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    St Lucia had worst overseas stars Gibbs and Audi Morkel did nothing Misbah also only put in one good performance i doubt any of them will be coming back. Tamim also never really fired other than him St Lucia tbh would of probably been better of just playin some locals. Andre Fletcher was very good throughout and I think is top run scorer or one of them so it wasn't all bad. Antigua were doomed as soon as Samuels was made captain he is a not a leader of men his batting was also pretty shocking painful to watch at times, Cotterall was the best thing to happen here and we have now all witnessed a very promising player in the making.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Dispite the Guyana team had already qualified for the semi final , the intencity of the match and how much they want to win makes it a really great match.The coach standing on the sideline animated was amazing to watch.The commentator even had their input even before the umpire decision as in the incident with Thomas obstructing Santoki. It was a great match although one would taught that it did not matter for the Guyana team.It did matter for the coaches and manager of the sides.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Hafeez has always been an excellent t20 player. This was an amazing cameo, this shows hafeez can be used down the lower order swell and not just opening or at no.3. Hope pakistan can push him down the order in the national team.

  • Garry on August 18, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    I missed this game, anyone know what happened to Guptil? He retired hurt, hope it isn't anything serious as him and Simmons at the top are half the reason Guyana are where they are.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    ponting at no.8!!! two matches and dint even get to bat... this is humiliating

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Job well done Hafeez! Thank you for your contribution. We will miss you. Rest assured that the boys will continue the winning ways and lift the trophy.

    To the Guyana team, Hafeez is gone, but we got Malinga now. Welcome Malinga. We know you do your thing. You are in a good team: Amazon Warriors! It is a straight swap with Malinga in for Hafeez. This will strength the bowling the department for twelve overs atleast with Malinga, Santokie and Narine. However the other eight overs need to be strength and given last nite performance by Permaul, Barnwell and Franklin where they conceded plenty runs; I say bring back Narsingh for young Griffith. It must be pointed out that Narsingh is an experienced cricketer and more importantly he is a big game player. So he need to play in the semi-finals. Remember his million dollar six under pressure. So the team should read: Guptill, Simmons,Narsingh, Franklin, Barnwell, Sarwan,Ramdin, Narine, Malinga, Santokie and Permaul. Go Warriors Go!

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    hafeez is hafeez, welll done.

  • Harrinarine on August 18, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This is why he is the Pakistani captain...

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