Warriors Fans Upset
Fans of the Guyana Amazon Warriors are extremely disappointed over the outcome of the second Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final on Saturday evening at Warner Park, St Kitts and Nevis.
Immediately after the decision, there was an outpouring of comments on social media condemning the decision. The comments were posted by those who witnessed the game live at the ground in St Kitts, as well as those who watched on television from as far as England, North America and right here in Guyana.
Barbados Tridents won the title under highly controversial circumstances after the game was inexplicably called off by the umpires, with Guyana needing 46 off 25 balls, as very achievable target with Christopher Barnwell and Denesh Ramdin on 17 and 14, respectively, at the wicket. The Tridents margin of victory was eight runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Poor umpiring decisions appeared to be evident throughout the match, in particular those made by Barbadian umpire Gregory Braithwaite. The television umpire, Leslie Reifer, is also Barbadian.
Braithwaite called a number of deliveries wides when the Amazon Warriors were bowling, but seemed to ignore similar type deliveries when the Tridents took the field.
In addition, Tridents batsman Shoaib Malik was given not out by Brathwaite off the first ball he faced from Krishmar Santokie. That decision appeared horribly wrong from all the replays. It cost the Amazon Warriors 55 runs.
Ramdin threw his bat to the ground after James Neesham was given out, also by Brathwaite, caught behind off Jason Holder. Television replays could not produce conclusive evidence that the ball had touched Neesham’s gloves. Neesham himself appeared perplexed by the decision.
Towards the end of the game, it was observed that the covers were off for about 10-15 minutes, with no play, before the television broadcast showed the Tridents in celebration and it was later announced that the Tridents were declared winners. There was also a delay when the Tridents were batting.
The on-air television commentators also seemed clueless as, at that time, no definitive reason was given for the shock decision to call off the final, which turned out to be a disaster from an officiating standpoint.
The time between when the covers were taken off to the time when the decision was announced was arguably more than what was required to bowl the remaining 4.1 overs to complete the match. The Amazon Warriors players were a no-show at the presentation ceremony, during which fans were heard loudly ‘booing’ the decision.
Hundreds of Guyanese were seen disappointed in the stands, among them Government officials, representatives of sponsors, and members of the business community.
The Amazon Warriors also lost last year’s finals to the Jamaica Tallawahs at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago, and the expectation of a win this year would have been high among fans, given the team’s improved performance.
They surely did not expect, however, to be disappointed by factors unrelated to the team’s performance and that the umpires, in particular Braithwaite, would have had such a major role in determining the final outcome.