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Guptill's Guyana suffer first loss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016

Black Caps opener Martin Guptll's up-tempo half-century wasn't enough for his Guyana Amazon Warriors team to beat Trinbago Knight Riders in their Caribbean Premier League T20 match at Providence Park.

Guptill's 50 came off 40 balls and included four sixes as Guyana attempted to chase down Trinbago's 151-4 on Monday (NZT), only to fall short by seven runs.

While it was Guyana's first loss in the competition, skipper Guptill said afterwards that he was confident they would learn from it.

"You're never going to win every game of cricket, especially Twenty20s," he said.

"We've got a few things to work on for the next game, and we're looking forward to getting to work."

A tight Trinbago bowling effort did the job, led by Anton Devcich's nagging left-arm offspin which picked up 2-15 off four overs.

The Northern Districts allrounder, brought into the team while Brendon McCullum was rested, removed opener Dwayne Smith without scoring, and snared dangerous young Australian Chris Lynn for 21.

Trinbago's innings was anchored by a man-of-the-match effort from Hashim Amla with 64 off 54 balls.

Devcich, opening with Amla, was removed for seven while Black Caps batsman Colin Munro, who belted an unbeaten 100 off 65 balls against Guyana eight days ago, could only manage 18 off 19 balls.

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