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Guyana Amazon Warriors opener Luke Ronchi walloped an unbeaten 67 to help his side crush the Barbados Tridents by eight wickets.
Choosing to bowl first, the Amazon Warriors got the breakthrough they were looking for as Tridents opener Martin Guptill was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir for eight runs.
Dwayne Smith, who opened the batting with Guptill, managed to score a 16-ball 28 before being caught by Shimron Hetmyer at deep square leg off the bowling of Roshon Primus.
Primus removed Hashim Amla the very next ball, but Shai Hope and Steve Smith stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership.
Hope ended up making 34 before he was run out by Primus.
Smith and Nicholas Pooran kept the runs flowing with a 71-run stand before Smith was sent packing by Tanvir for a 33-ball 40, which included five boundaries.
Pooran went on to make 46 off 27 deliveries, which included four boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Hetmyer off the bowling of Imran Tahir.
Thanks to Pooran and Smith, the Tridents finished on 165/7.
Tanvir, Primus and Tahir picked up two wickets apiece.
Chasing 166 to win, the Amazon Warriors made a superb start to their innings as Ronchi and Chadwick Walton amassed a 96-run partnership.
With the Amazon Warriors cruising, the Tridents were in desperate need of a wicket. Ultimately, it was Ashley Nurse who provided it as he removed Walton for a 34-ball 43, which included five boundaries.
Ronchi and Hetmyer added 50 runs to the score before Hetmyer was brilliantly caught by Smith at long-on off the bowling of Wahab Riaz for 30.
However, that was to be the Tridents’ last taste of victory as Ronchi and Cameron Delport finished things off for the Amazon Warriors.
Ronchi ended up making 67 off 40 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes, while Delport remained undefeated on 14 off six deliveries, which included a boundary and a six.
Nurse and Wahab claimed one wicket each.
Ronchi was named Man of the Match.