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Guptill features on Lancashire debut

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/05/2016

A fine half-century on debut by Martin Guptill could not prevent English Twenty20 champions Lancashire slumping to their second successive defeat when they lost to Durham by six wickets at Old Trafford.

Guptill made 72 off 46 balls but the New Zealand opener's efforts were rather eclipsed by his Durham counterpart Phil Mustard, whose 46 off 18 balls included five fours and three sixes and put his side on course to overhaul Lightning's plainly inadequate 149-8.

Lancashire were struggling on 46-3 before Guptill and Steven Croft repaired some of the damage with a stand of 60 in eight overs, Guptill reaching his half-century off 34 balls.

Guptill hit his only six when he deposited a Scott Borthwick long hop over the rope in the 13th over shortly before the pair brought up their 50 stand.

However, instead of marking the start of an acceleration, that six was the last boundary for half a dozen overs, during which Lightning lost four wickets, three of them in the same Barry McCarthy over.

Barry McCarthy snared the key wicket of Guptill when the Kiwi opener pulled the Irish seamer to midwicket, where Borthwick dived backwards to take an outstanding catch.

Guptill hit 10 fours and a six in his innings but the other Lancashire batsmen managed just four more boundaries between them.

A six from Neil Wagner helped hoist the score to 149 for eight, and Wagner also contributed with the ball in collecting 2-25 off his four overs, but Durham stilleased home with five overs to spare.

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