Romario Shepherd Inspires Amazon Warriors
By Tanushka Gain
on Mon Sep 13 2021
The impending tears of sadness turned into joy for the Warriors for one of the great all-round shows in CPL history for Romario Shepherd. Falling for a first-ball duck off Imad Wasim’s arm, Odion Smith walked back into the dugout with the TV cameras.
In which his eyes were looking good as Guyana Amazon Warriors slipped to 75 for 7. Was selected to bat first. Who played an unbeaten 72 runs in 31 balls and after this took 3 wickets for 31 runs. In the process to help his side clinch a 14-run win over the Jamaica Tallawahs, sealing playoff fortunes for both teams.
The Tallawahs’ defeat also secured a final playoff berth for the St. Lucia Kings. Who needed the help of the Warriors after losing to Barbados Royals in one stroke earlier in the day. Before Romario Shepherd pulled it off. Earlier the door to the playoffs was closed for the Tallawahs.
The match was reduced to 18 overs due to a late start of 80 minutes. The Tallawahs’ decision to drop Veerasamy Permoul for Fidel Edwards seemed all the more silly after Imad Wasim and Chris Green took 5 for 34 in total. In eight overs. Edwards took 0 wickets for 27 runs in his two overs. And Romario got out of Shepherd’s attack. Who was dropped on the helmet by a bouncer in the first over with two sixes in the 14th position.
But Russell was given the biggest punishment by Romario Shepherd. Joe regularly misfired at the length of his attempted wide yorker for Shepherd. Which took him to a trio of sixes and two more fours in the last three overs to take the Warriors to 142. 7. Gudkesh Moti tried his best to stay out of the way during their 67-run partnership. In which five runs contributed. While Romario Shepherd wisely turned down multiple singles in the last three overs.
The Tallawahs’ inability to remove the pearl and go through the rest of the tail cost them dearly in the end. Imran Tahir bowls a double wicket maiden in the second over of the chase. Kenner removes Lewis from the googly. Earlier, Kirk Mackenzie missed a sweep on another wrong and was given leg first. Romario Shepherd then produced a double-strike of his own in the eighth. Imad Wasim gifted his wicket with a loose cut to Nicholas Pooran before Rovman Powell was caught at deep square leg, making a total of 42 for 6.
Russell could no longer be held back. and entered to strike 19 out of 13. But Romario Shepherd’s angle slammed a wide yorker coming around the wicket, across the right arm. And finally, Pooran was caught at long-off. 54 runs were needed from the last pair, Green kept the weakest hope alive by hitting a trio of sixes.
And Tallawahs needed a total of 15 runs to win. But he was controversially given the next ball to dismiss Smith. So that the match ends after missing the swing and a long ball. And there should be no noise in replays and a clear difference between bat and ball.