overthrows to finish the innings! Back of a length on off stump. Clarke drops it towards the bowler, with the sole intention of getting to his fifty. Scampers across to the other end and Smith, trying to run him out, fires an errant throw that ends up hitting the fence because no one is backing up!
10:44pm That brings us to the end of our coverage for this game. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we loved bringing it to you. The CPL now takes a day's break before returning with the Eliminator on Tuesday as the St Lucia Kings take on the Jamaica Tallawahs. Do join us for that game too but until then, this is me (Shashwat) saying goodbye on behalf of Binoy George and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Take care!
Imran Tahir, Guyana Amazon Warriors captain: It was a great game. Got the start we wanted. We wanted to bat first and put ourselves in a challenging position. Good to see the guys who came in perform and to see the youngsters hungry. Feel really proud (to put up highest-ever score in CPL for the Warriors). (On the bowling) Nice to be doing the job for the team. Motie bowled really well. We have been trying different things for the important games coming up. Really pleased, everyone chipped in. (What they will be doing between now and Wednesday) Probably rest a bit and then have a small training camp. Definitely a rest-day tomorrow (laughs).
Rovman Powell, Barbados Royals captain: It has been a tough season. All the plans that we came up with were not properly executed. When that happens, you will struggle. Lots of positives, lots of guys who have put their hands up in patches. He (Clarke) has been a nice, little player. Good that he got a half-century and he hopefully he takes some confidence moving forward from it. (Highlight of the season) For me personally, the highlight was Cornwall scoring a hundred in Barbados. We have built some friendships, bonds that cannot be broken easily. (On being bigger and better next season) Still with the Royals and optimistic about the future. The guys need just a bit of experience and exposure. Mix that with some good foreign talent and we have what we need.
Shai Hope, Player of the Match: (On his innings) I was trying to continue what I always do. Trying to have fun and express myself. (On the 32-run over) It was my match-up there. We had a solid start and I thought we have a lot of depth, so just went after it. Unlucky Rahkeem had to bear the brunt of it but one of those days. Everything we are doing is clicking. Hopefully we can continue it in the matches that mean a lot. (On partnership with Anderson) I told him to enjoy. Told him it does not matter if he scored a fifty or a duck. (On playing different formats) I believe I can score runs in whatever format I play in. I am enjoying my batting, it was a good track and I capitalised.
10:26pm A thoroughly one-sided contest, which perhaps sums up why the Warriors finished the league stage at the top of the table and why the Royals were one of only two teams to miss out on qualification. They never really got going with the bat and were playing catch-up, right from the moment Cornwall departed the scene. Their batting against spin also left plenty to be desired. Clarke, Holder and Brathwaite plodded along in the second half and that did nothing but delay the inevitable.
While the Royals were lackadaisical, the Warriors were proactive. Their lines and lengths probing, and their bowlers incisive. Spinners did most of the damage but Joseph was impressive on debut, hurrying the batters multiple times and asking questions. Pretorius, who has been a new-ball threat all season, set the ball rolling getting rid of Cornwall early.
The Warriors, in an ideal world, would have wanted their bowlers to be tested that tad bit more under pressure. That said, they will be pleased with the momentum they have generated in the last few days, and will be quietly confident of nailing down a spot in the final on Wednesday.
half-tracker outside off stump. Clarke stands tall and slams it past long on. That skimmed off the surface and was struck very well. Hetmyer had no chance!
short and wide outside off. Brathwaite slaps it down to mid off for a single
Around the wicket now
slower delivery dug into the track outside off. The ball just does not arrive as Clarke scuffs it towards deep cover
slides down the leg side just a touch. Clarke, looking for the scoop, fails to make contact and the umpire calls it a wide
back of a length outside off. Clarke wafts at it and misses
length on middle and off. Brathwaite shuffles across and tucks it off his pads towards deep mid wicket
Smith to bowl the final over
in the slot outside off stump. Clarke plants his front foot, gets under it and lofts it over mid off. One bounce and into the fence!
back of a length outside off. Clarke takes a step down the track and swishes at it. Makes no contact for the second ball running
slower delivery on a length outside off. Clarke advances and finally looks for the big hit. No prizes for guessing that he misses it completely
safe! Full and hung outside off stump. Brathwaite throws the kitchen sink at it and slices it. Joseph, running in from deep backward point, picks it up just a tad late and cannot get to it in the end. Good effort to stop the boundary, though
yorker outside off. Clarke opens his bat face and squeezes it out towards short third man
Tahir gets a hand to it and saves two! Full down the leg side. Clarke flicks it uppishly towards short fine leg. Tahir flings out his left palm and almost clings onto it. Very, very tough chance
Beaton to bowl the penultimate over
Slight concern for the Warriors as Azam Khan is walking off the field. Anderson will take the gloves in his absence. The Warriors will hope that the injury to Azam is not very serious, especially with the playoffs looming
full just outside off. Clarke pushes it down to long off for a single
full just outside off. Brathwaite clears his front leg and drills it down the ground to long on
full delivery outside off. Brathwaite camps deep in his crease and swishes at it, only swatting away a few flies in the process
back of a length at the stumps. Clarke gets up on his toes and works it towards deep mid wicket
Ferood : "BR needs the magician Carlos B to produce those sizes from here on !!" -- Even if every ball from now is hit for six, the Royals won't win this contest...
dug into the track on off stump. Clarke nurdles it into the leg side and gets back for two
it does not start well, though!! Length delivery down the leg side. Clarke uses the angle and tickles it past short fine leg
Smith to try his luck now. Good time to get some bowling confidence running through his veins
googly on a length just outside off. Brathwaite gets behind the line and plays a textbook defensive stroke
|Providence Stadium, Guyana|
|Toss||Barbados Royals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||17 September 2023 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Guyana Amazon Warriors 2, Barbados Royals 0|
Over 20 • BR 138/6Amazon won by 88 runs