Colin Munro became the first overseas player to make a Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) century as he played a remarkable lone hand that helped the Trinbago Knight Riders to reach a competitive score against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, but not a winning one.
Despite the New Zealander’s heroics the Knight Riders finished on the losing side as Australian Chris Lynn saw the Guyana franchise home as unlike in the Trinbago innings there were contributions by all the Amazon Warriors’ batsmen.
As well as it being the first century by a non-West Indian it was also Munro’s highest score in T20 cricket, but the issue was no other Knight Rider could find a way to score freely.
The level to which Munro dominated the Knight Riders innings was just remarkable, he struck 13 boundaries including six sixes, the rest of team found the ropes just three times.
When Munro came to the crease the circumstances could not have been more trying. Fellow New Zealander and Knight Riders’ marquee player Brendon McCullum had gone to the very first ball of the innings.
A length delivery from Sohail Tanvir swung away from McCullum very slightly and it caught a thin edge through to the keeper. So Munro walked out to bat to face the second ball of the innings with no runs on the board.
This did not seem to put Munro under any real pressure as he plundered 16 runs from Paul Wintz’s first over, the second of the match.
While every other Trinbago batsman struggled to time the ball on a Queen’s Park Oval surface that was a touch two-paced and was offering turn for the spinners.
The next highest score of the innings was 18 by Dwayne Bravo, with only Darren Bravo and Kevon Cooper also making it into double figures.
There was something of a slowdown as Munro moved toward his hundred - the Knight Riders managed just three boundaries in the last five overs of their innings. They finished on 162 for 5 and they had Munro to thank for it.
He made 100 runs from 65 balls, the rest of the team managed just 53 runs from the bat from 56 balls.
The Amazon Warriors got off to a flier in their chase of 163 to win, with Dwayne Smith looking to carry on from the 62 he made against the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in his last match.
He had made it to 26 when a superb Sunil Narine doosra pinned him lbw.
When fellow opener Martin Guptill departed in the 10th over, bowled by a Nikita Miller ball that went on with the arm, there was huge pressure on Chris Lynn.
Lynn made 77 from 43 balls and struck an incredible eight Hero Maximums as he helped Guyana to victory, well supported by Jason Mohammed who finished on 33.
This defeat means the Knight Riders have just one win from their first three home fixtures which will be a disappointment for a side that has made the Queen’s Park Oval a fortress in the past.
TKR will face an in-form Jamaica Tallawahs in their final home match of the Hero CPL on Monday night.
Guyana Amazon Warriors 166 for 4 (C Lynn 77, D Bravo 2-34, S Narine 1-18) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 162 or 5 (C Munro 100 not out, S Tanvir 2-21) by six wickets
A superb unbeaten century from Colin Munro (100) lifted Trinbago Knight Riders to 162-5 after being put into bat by Guyana Amazon Warriors in Match 5 of CPL16.
Munro virtually carried his bat after coming in at the fall of McCullum in the first ball of the match.
Colin Munro completes a maiden T20 century off 65 balls hitting 10 fours and six sixes.
Zampa breaks the partnership as Bravo holes out to the fielder at long off. TKR 103-3, 12.3 overs.
Darren Bravo c Wintz b Zampa 12 (17b 1x4)
Munro is in blistering form slamming a boundary and two sixes off Mohammed. TKR 100-2, 12 overs.
Munro completes a 34-ball half century with a six off Zampa.
Munro is on fire slamming a boundary off Smith followed by sixes off Permaul and Emrit. TKR 55-2, 8 overs.
Amla is undone by left arm spinner Permaul. TKR 29-2, 5 overs.
Hashim Amla b Permaul 6 (10b)
Munro goes on the offensive cracking two boundaries and a six off Wintz. TKR 19-1, 2 overs.
Horror start for Trinbago as McCullum nicks the first ball from Tanvir behind. TKR 0-1, 0.1 overs.
Brendon McCullum c Bramble b Sohail Tanvir 0 (1b)
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and put Trinbago Knight Riders into bat in the Match 5 of CPL at Queen’s Park Oval on Monday.
TKR: DJ Bravo, McCullum, Amla, Munro, DM Bravo, Akmal, Cooper, Narine, Miller, Beaton, Benn
GAW: Guptill, Smith, Lynn, Mohammed, Bardwell, Tanveer, Bramble, Emrit, Permaul, Zampa, Wintz