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Gayle sizzles but St Kitts fizzle out

Guyana Amazon Warriors 148 for 4 (Hetmyer 79*, Green 25*, Lamichhane 2-12) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 146 for 5 (Gayle 86, Paul 2-16) by six wickets

Shimron Hetmyer (left) turned the match Guyana’s way when he punished Alzarri Joseph for 20 runs off three legal balls to start the fifth over of the chase Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty

Guyana Amazon Warriors avenged a Lauderhill sweep at the hands of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in 2017 courtesy an action-packed unbeaten half-century from local hero Shimron Hetmyer in their season opener at Providence.

Chris Gayle’s 86 after being sent into bat could have been match-winning on a sticky surface where the next best was 16. St Kitts smothered the hosts three overs into the chase of 147 at 24 for 3, but a strategic ploy to use Tom Cooper’s part-time offspin went awry as the first three balls of the fourth over were creamed for a four and two sixes by Hetmyer. This swung momentum in Guyana’s favour, and there was no looking back after that, with victory eventually achieved in 16.3 overs.

Gayle’s stroke of luck

Each team’s leading scorer on the night profited heavily from major let-offs early in their innings. Fot St Kitts, the Universe Boss was stone dead on five after missing a sweep in the second over to Chris Green’s offspin. Gayle made the most of the reprieve, grafting his way through the first half of the innings, scoring at less than a run a ball, before spanking Green over long-on off back-to-back sixes to end the…

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