The Guyana Amazon Warriors returned home earlier today (Monday) to a joyful welcome at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, after securing their first win in the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) when they defeated St Lucia Stars on Sunday evening.
They will now play four matches here (Guyana) and are very confident that they will win all of them. In this regard, Head Coach, Roger Harper, contended that they must exploit the best of the conditions in Guyana.
“We have to play consistently. We have to play smart cricket and we have to utilise our knowledge of the conditions here as best as possible” he said.
Reflecting on the previous three losses, the coach felt the Warriors fell in close contests which they should have secured.
“We had a few close games – games that normally, the Warriors would manage to pull off. We made a few errors and we ended up on the wrong end of those games but I think, coming back to Guyana, it’s good to come here with a win. Hopefully we can use this momentum and build on it here and get into the flow of playing Warriors’ cricket,” he noted.
While the team’s bowling has been commendable, the batting side has been inconsistent but the former West Indies coach is optimistic about the Warriors’ future. “Collectively, we haven’t really hit with our batting. It’s gotten better with each game and like I said, we hope to build on it here and play as we know we’re capable of playing.”
The players are expected to hit the ground running tomorrow for sessions ahead of their first match on Thursday against defending champions; Jamaica Tallawahs from 18:00 hrs.
Following Thursday’s match, the Amazon Warriors will face Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19; Barbados Tridents on August 20 and St Lucia Stars on August 22.