Hero CPL 2019…
By Brandon Corlette
The Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW), having won all three of the first matches played at home, have an additional reason to celebrate: After three rounds in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), their batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj is the leading run-scorer in the tournament, while their bowler Romario Shepherd tops the bowling charts.
From a Guyanese perspective, it is certainly a plus that local players have thus far had immediate impact on the matches.
The GAW touched down in St Kitts & Nevis on Monday last, and will begin their away matches against the Carlos Brathwaite-led St Kitts & Nevis Patriots team on Saturday, September 14, from 20:00h.
The GAW have registered wins against the St Lucia Zouks, the Patriots, and the Barbados Tridents. Although those wins came from complete team efforts, some players stood out in those three matches. Guyanese opener Hemraj leads the run charts in the tournament with 116 runs, averaging 38.66 and striking at 128.8. He also achieved his highest T20 score of 63.
Sitting in fourth position on the batting charts is the hard-hitting Shimron Hetmyer, who has so far scored 103 runs; while GAW marquee player Nicholas Pooran is finding his groove this season with 61 unbeaten runs in his last innings. Captain Shoaib Malik (58) and Sherfane Rutherford (42) have also shown form with the bat in these first three matches.
Newly recruited West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard has also led his team, the Trinbago Knight Riders, to a good start in their first three matches. He has scored 106 runs, and is second to Hemraj, who has 116 to his credit. Trinbago’s Dinesh Ramdin is in third position with 104 runs.
Shepherd, Shadab rule bowling charts
In the bowling department, local speedster Romario Shepherd has seven wickets to his name, with career best statistics of 4-13. This robust right-arm bowler continues to show consistency in major tournaments, and is closer to his maiden West Indies’ call-up. Scores in the first three matches have been relatively high, but Shepherd has been bowling on a different planet, so to speak, with an extraordinary economy rate of 5.34.