Providence, September 28: Barbados Royals sealed a place in Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2022) final with a comprehensive 87-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence Stadium, Guyana, on Wednesday (September 28).
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to field, but Barbados Royals would go on to score the joint-highest total of this season by reaching an imposing 195/5.
Opener Rahkeem Cornwall starred in the innings, launching 11 sixes in his innings of 91, while Azam Khan supported him with his own half-century.
Despite the attempts of Shimron Hetmyer, it was not to be enough as the Warriors fell to 108 all out.
Barbados Royals had initially got off to a cautious start, but Cornwall would go on to play one of the most destructive innings seen this season, 91 runs from just 54 balls, to put the Royals into the ascendancy.
After losing his wicket just nine runs short of a century to the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan, the responsibility of the innings fell on Khan, whose vital half-century would help his side to 195/5 by the end of the innings.
Guyana Amazon Warriors lost early wickets in their chase, in-form batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz departing in the first over, before a flurry of wickets fell that left the Warriors on 36-4 by the end of the power play.
Simmonds excelled with his bowling, taking three key wickets, including that of captain Hetmyer, who was the Warriors highest scorer in the innings. In the end, the Warriors finished on 108 all out and will play in tomorrow night’s qualifier.
Brief scores: Barbados Royals: 195/5 (Cornwall 91, Azam Khan 52; Shepherd 2/29, Sinclair 1/8) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors: 108 all out (Hetmyer 37, Hope 21; Simmonds 3/17, Cornwall 2/10) by 87 runs.