Twitter Reactions: Romario Shepherd's single-handed all-round heroics takes Guyana Amazon Warriors to the semis

Twitter Reactions: Romario Shepherd’s single-handed all-round heroics takes Guyana Amazon Warriors to the semis

Shepherd scored an unbeaten 31-ball 72 and followed it up by picking three crucial wickets.

Romario Shepherd of Guyana
Romario Shepherd of Guyana Amazon Warriors. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Guyana Amazon Warriors have qualified for the semis in the 2021 CPL after their thumping 14-run win over Jamaica Tallawahs in their last league game. The Tallawahs, in the meantime, have been knocked out of the even after beginning with a 120-run win over Saint Lucia Kings.

Shepherd powers the Warriors

After electing to bat, the Warriors found themselves in trouble as they were reduced to 75 for seven in 11.2 overs. Imad Wasim, Chris Green and Andre Russell ran through their batting order. Even as Wasim got three wickets, Russell and Shepherd picked up two wickets each.

However, it was Romario Shepherd, who bailed the Warriors out and helped the team post 142 for seven in 18 overs. The right-hander stayed unbeaten on 72 off 31 with the help of seven fours and six sixes. Shepherd flayed the Tallawahs’ bowling with relative ease.

Shepherd does it with the ball too

The run-chase turned out to be a disastrous one for the Tallawahs, who were reduced to 89 for nine in 14.2 overs. Kennar Lewis smashed two sixes on his way to a 17-ball 20, but once Chandrapaul Hemraj removed him, the Tallawahs’ innings fell apart like a house of cards.

Russell and Green tried valiantly, but their efforts went in vain. Green scored a 20-ball 31 before Odean Smith got rid of him. Shepherd was the standout performer even with the ball. The right-armer picked up three wickets. Smith accounted for three scalps as well.

Shepherd has been working really hard, says Nicholas Pooran  

After the Warriors won, Nicholas Pooran was over the moon and he also lauded Shepherd for working hard on his game. Rovman Powell, the Tallawahs’ skipper, said that shoddy batting from the middle order let the team down.

“Thanks to Romario Shepherd special. That kind of fight and that kind of character, it feels very special. He’s been working really hard and was waiting to get that one score and the guys are really happy for him. We weren’t even sure of 100 at one stage and to get over 130 (with the bat) was really pleasing,” Pooran said after the game.

“I think we got a good start with the ball; we talk about getting right in the first 5-6 overs and I think we did that and at the back-end we kind of strayed a little from our plans. Just a little bit of hope there (last wicket partnership), but the middle-order didn’t stand up and if the middle-order don’t do well it’s always gonna be difficult. Lots of positives for us,” Fletcher was quoted as saying.

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