Amazon Warriors v Tallawahs, CPL 2014 semi-final, St Kitts August 14, 2014

Amazon Warriors storm into CPL final

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Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons' 138-run partnership led Guyana Amazon Warriors to their second consecutive CPL final © LatinContent/Getty Images

Guyana Amazon Warriors 138 for 0 (Guptill 66*, Simmons 71*) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 134 for 6 (Walton 34, Narine 1-17) by 10 wickets

Guyana Amazon Warriors stormed into a second consecutive CPL final with a thumping ten-wicket win over defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs in St Kitts. Amazon Warriors' victory was the first instance of a team winning with a ten-wicket margin in the CPL.

Martin Guptill and Lendl Simmons took less than 15 overs to overhaul a target of 135. The pair got off to a quiet start - the first four overs yielded only 21 runs - but rapidly caught up with the scoring rate within the next few overs. The match slipped away from the Tallawahs between the fifth and 11th overs when Guptill and Simmons smashed 84 runs, bringing the equation down to a comfortable 30 off nine overs.

The unbroken 138-run stand was the third century-opening partnership between the two batsmen in this season of the CPL. Earlier in the tournament, the pair had added 103 against Barbados Tridents and a CPL record stand of 154 against St Lucia Zouks. Simmons was unbeaten on 71 off 43 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while Guptill's 46-ball 66 - his fifth half-century of the tournament - had six fours and two sixes. Simmons' knock kept him on top of the run-scoring chart, with 426 runs in 10 innings so far at a strike rate of 133.12.

Earlier, the Tallawahs innings suffered from a lack of momentum as the middle order failed to capitalise on the start given by openers Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton. The pair added 55 runs but fell in successive overs at the half-way mark. Andre Russell and Nkrumah Bonner added a quick 35 runs but their dismissals off successive balls in the 18th over meant that the innings lacked big runs at the end.

Amazon Warriors will now play Tridents in the final on August 16.

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  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    The JT given up even before the warriors started the run chase.The bollers bold their heart out but the fielding was not up to standard.Tuff lock for the JT. Hope we have a good match in the final.The Red Steel and the Warriors usually produce exiting finishes. All the best for both teams in this year final.

  • Donna on August 15, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Really? Gayle is having a run of bad form lately but he was really great in the IPL last year. Everyone has a run of bad form in their career. Now test cricket is a different matter. He's not been good there for a while.

  • Shafkatullah on August 15, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Nice to see again ipl super star Narine

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    The X Factor t20 team the selectors will not pick--Gayle, Smith, Pollard, DW Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine, Badree, Stantokie. Missing are out of form Samuels and Cooper. The upcoming X Factor team-- Lewis, Fletcher, Charles, DM Bravo, Simmons, Pooran, Brathwaite, Holder, Cotterel, Beaton. Missing from both team-- Permaul, Benn, Miller, Barnwell, Walton, Bonner, Emrit. West Indies have the players for T20 and ODI but we do not have proper managers and coaches, if these players were in the Australian environment for example they would score 200 and more consistently and bowl out teams for under 50 in T20s and score 300 and more in ODIs and bowl out teams for less than 150 consistently.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Gayle should be retired from t20 because he is not fit know for this format, he is very slow for taking runs and his strike rate is very low in every match. The coach tell him that its not test but this is t20 so be brave player and play free. Its getting bored to see batting of Gayle. He is to slow from Misbal Haq.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Bad luck for Gayle. He as I noticed Gayle wore shirt no. 333 instead of 175.

  • Jason on August 15, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Anyone worried that the Warriors middle order has effectively been denied match practice recently by the superb efforts of their openers? Form can be fleeting in 20/20 - easy to get into, but just as easy to lose.

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