The Guyana Amazon Warriors will look to face off against the St. Lucia Zouks for the second time in the 2015 CPL season. In St. Lucia, the Zouks were able to secure a win by 2 runs (Duckworth-Lewis Method). As they face off again, this time they will meet in Guyana with both sides desperate in need of the win to secure a semi-final berth. Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks betting tips & live streaming options can be found below.
Guyana won by three wickets.
In three days, the Guyana Amazon Warriors were set to face the Jamaica Tallawahs twice with both teams looking to secure victories in both matches. With the Amazon Warriors securing the first match in Kingston, when the second match was set to be played in Guyana, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
For the St. Lucia Zouks, the last match they played was also in a rain-affect nine-over match against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, in which they were able to scrape to victory by 4 wickets with no balls remaining. With that victory, the Zouks were able to move into second place temporarily, although they have been displaced by the now second-place Tallawahs.
The battle of third against fifth is a must-win encounter for both teams because losing could potentially have a detrimental effect on the final standings heading into the semi-finals. While the Amazon Warriors seem to be settling having decimated a steady and sturdy Tallawahs team, winning by 84 runs before their second encounter was rained out and a No Result given as the official result.
Similarly, even with captain Darren Sammy out of the tournament, under the new leadership of Kevin Pietersen, although beaten by the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the match before their match against the Red Steel, they were able to rebound in style. Winning their last match of the last ball showed the grit and guile in this Zouks squad.
With the Amazon Warriors appearing to settle and the squad appearing to gel with each individual player fulfilling their individual roles and responsibilities, they should prove a handful for the St. Lucia Zouks. In Guyana, in front of their home crowd, the Amazon Warriors should look to take their fourth win of the tournament against a resilient Zouks team.
Players to watch out for:
Brad Hodge (Guyana Amazon Warriors):
40-year old Brad Hodge continues to be a stalwart for this Amazon Warriors team. Rampant against the Tallawahs in the Amazon Warriors’ 84-run victory scoring a massive and unbeaten 65, Hodge had scored 61 runs in the match before that and has an average of 39 runs.
At times when his team has been floundering and needs that type of stability, Hodge has stepped in and found himself as the anchor to hold his team together. Against the St. Lucia Zouks, a team capable of winning the 2015 CPL, Hodge will be either at, or near to, his best in order to anchor his team to a well-needed victory.
Andre Fletcher (St. Lucia Zouks):
27-year old Zouks’ opener Andre Fletcher has proven an invaluable contributor to his team. Having scored 354 runs so far in the campaign, he is only second in the runs total to Chris Gayle of the Jamaica Tallawahs. He has scored 16 sixes, also ranking second to Chris Gayle and has scored the most fours of the tournament with 27. His 44 total boundaries also ranks second to Gayle.
With four half-centuries under his belt, the young opener has showed maturity and discipline in opening the order. The Zouks will depend on Fletcher and fellow opener, Johnson Charles, to continue to bring stability to the batting line-up and continue the steady and strong partnership they have been able to develop if the Zouks look to go deep into this competition.
Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks head to head:
It’s a close head to head with both teams having won twice apiece of the four games they have played.
Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks betting tips:
St Lucia to win: 11/10
Brad Hodge to be St Lucia’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 8 pm local time (0000 hrs GMT) on July 17.