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Martin Guptill leads Guyana Amazon Warriors to fourth win in a row

Martin Guptill (left) scored 43 off 22 deliveries.
Martin Guptill (left) scored 43 off 22 deliveries.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors 109-6 (Guptill 43) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 108-8 (Simmons 50) by four wickets
10th Match, Caribbean Premier League, Guyana
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Martin Guptill led from the front with a 22-ball 43 as Guyana Amazon Warriors secured a fourth consecutive victory by chasing down a target of 109 runs in 16.2 overs and sealed a four wicket win against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the 10th match of the Caribbean Premier League in Guyana.

Earlier in the day, Adam Zampa took three wickets as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were restricted to 108 for eight in 20 overs with Lendl Simmons’ fifty the only bright spot.After winning the toss, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots opted to bat first.

After a tight start to the innings, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost Evin Lewis (4) and Thisara Perera (0) in consecutive overs and only managed 24 for two in the powerplay. Faf du Plessis (1) also failed to get going and was Zampa’s (3-18) first wicket.

At the half-way mark, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots scored only 37 for three. While Simmons (50) blocked one end, wickets kept falling at the other end. Jonathan Carter (15), Devon Thomas (9) and JJ Smuts (0) all fell in the space of four overs.

Simmons offered a lone fight and completed his fifty, but fell in the final over. Shamarh Brooks (19) also fell in the final over, but not before playing a crucial cameo to take the score to 108 for eight in 20 overs.

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Guyana Amazon Warriors lost Dwayne Smith (5) in the second over, but Guptill (43) smashed three fours and four sixes to push the total to 60 for one in the powerplay.

Guptill fell an over later, but Chris Lynn (34) held steady at the other end.

At the half-way mark, Guyana Amazon Warriors only needed 24 runs with eight wickets in hand. Samuel Badree (2-18) removed Jason Mohammed (4) and Chris Barnwell (0) in the 11th over while Tabraiz Shamsi (2-27) castled Anthony Bramble (1) in the 12th.

Even Lynn was sent back to the hut in the 15th over but at the time of his dismissal, Guyana Amazon Warriors only needed six more runs to win. Sohail Tanvir (12 not out) and Steven Jacobs (2 not out) took Guyana Amazon Warriors past the winning line in 16.2 overs.

With this four wicket win, Guyana Amazon warriors notched their fourth consecutive win and continued their reign on top of the points table. St Kitts and Nevis patriots slipped to the fourth spot.

Guptill took home the man of the match award.

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