Shamarh Brooks's fiery 109 off 52 balls - including 7 fours and 8 sixes - helped Jamaica Tallawahs swat aside Guyana Amazon Warriors to cruise to the CPL 2022 final. There they face off against Barbados Royals for the title showdown.
Asked to bat first, the Tallawahs were in dire straits at 16 for 2 in the third over but everything that followed was table-turning. It began with a 55-run stand between Brooks and Rovman Powell off just 35 deliveries. Once Powell was dismissed, Brooks strung together another big stand - this time with Raymon Reifer - worth 52 runs off 39 balls.
Reifer's exit at the start of the 16th over too didn't deter the batting side as the biggest batting carnage of the innings ensued. Imad Wasim walked out and smashed four fours and three sixes for his 15-ball 41 in the company of Brooks, as the pair hit 103 off the last 29 deliveries. Odean Smith, who bowled the final over, went for as many as 26 runs. With that, Tallawahs took their total to a whopping 226 for 4 in 20 overs.
The Warriors' top-order threw caution to the winds early but also lost three wickets inside the PowerPlay as they went after the high asking rate. They got to 62 for 3 in 6 overs, and needed to sustain their scoring while also keeping wickets intact. That wasn't to be as Chris Green, who ended Shai Hope's breezy 13-ball cameo worth 31 runs, saw the back of Shakib Al Hasan in the eighth over. Keemo Paul and Shimron Hetmyer added 38 off the next 28 deliveries before the latter fell for a run-a-ball 15.
Despite Paul's 37-ball 56 and a few big hits from Gudakesh Motie (22 off 13) and Odean (24 off 14), the Warriors fell well short by 37 runs in the end.
Shakib al Hasan failed to perform in the eliminator as he scored 5 runs and remained wicketless in his three overs.