Guyana Amazon Warriors have their sights set on the final of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League after securing their spot in the semis of the tournament on Thursday but captain Ramnaresh Sarwan says despite their success, his side will remain firmly grounded as they know the job is unfinished.
"What we're doing is taking it step by step. We're just focussing on our goal and the process," said the experienced middle order batsman. "We would love to be in the final. We're in the semi-finals so I think it is just a matter of taking the next game that we've got in stride and trying to continue with this momentum. We don't want to be looking too far ahead of ourselves. I think for us it has been a process and we just want to continue that process."
Guyana secured their semi-final spot when they beat Jamaica Tallawahs by five runs on Thursday at Sabina Park. The victory was their second in a row and their fourth in six games in the competition, carrying them level with leaders Barbados Tridents on eight points.
The manner of their victory was impressive. Defending 139 for six, their spinners especially restricted the Tallawahs' feared batting line-up, leaving the hosts to score ten from the last over.
Then, in a brilliant move, Sarwan called on seamer Chris Barnwell to deliver the final rites and the right-armer duly obliged, taking two wickets and limiting the Tallawahs to just four runs in his only over of the contest.
Narine, voted Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant spell of one for ten from four overs, said Amazon Warriors had achieved their first target of reaching the semis but would remain focussed for their remaining game in the preliminary round.
"It has been a little tough for me. The goals I have set for myself I haven't really reached those as yet but from the team perspective we're doing quite good," said the world's number one Twenty20 bowler.
"We've booked our place in the semi-final. We have one more game before it so we just have to continue playing hard cricket and keep working hard. I think we've done all the hard work but it's just to continue."
The Amazon Warriors play their final preliminary game against Antigua Hawksbills at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday.