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    CPL: Guyana, T&T Red Steel pick up weekend wins

    Port of Spain, Trinidad: Sunday's double-header of Caribbean Premier League action saw Guyana Amazon Warriors end table-toppers Barbados Tridents' winning streak and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel beat Antigua Hawksbills by one run in a thrilling clash at the Queens Park Oval.

    In the first match of the day, Guyana snapped Barbados' unbeaten four-game run with a 27-run success. Victory was set up with the bat after skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan won the toss and opted to bat, with the top-order pair of Martin Guptill (73 off 55 balls) and Mohammad Hafeez (35 off 37) forming a partnership of 97. The pair was joined for the second ball of Guyana's innings after Jason Holder bowled Lendl Simmons, and it was Guptill who outscored Hafeez with four sixes and four fours in his match-winning knock.

    Once Hafeez departed to Dwayne Smith in the 14th over, Barbados' bowlers did excellently to pull back Guyana who lost seven wickets for 13 runs. James Franklin (16) and Guptill were dismissed off consecutive Rayad Emrit deliveries in the 18th over, and then Sarwan (1), Densh Ramdin (0), Sunil Narine (7) and Veerasammy Permaul (1) fell in a heap. Emrit was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27.

    However, defending 149 the Guyana bowlers were better than Barbados' had been. In similar fashion, a wicket fell early before Nos 1 and 3 to put on a fightback, only for a collapse to ensue. Smith (28) and Shoaib Malik (48) put on 31 after the early loss of Kirk Edwards, but from 48 for 1 Barbados crashed to 63 for 6. Hafeez was the wrecker-in-chief with 3 for 19 which included the wickets of Smith and Umar Akmal in consecutive deliveries. Steven Jacobs then put on the brakes superbly with a brilliant spell (4-1-15-2) while Narine, though he took some stick at the end, took two wickets.

    The second match of the day was far tighter as Antigua fall agonisingly short of beating Trinidad & Tobago. Chasing a rain-revised target of 134 from 15 overs - T&T had initially made 169 for 6 in 20 - Antigua lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up one run short of a tie. The opener Johnson Charles top-scored with a 28-ball 46 but lacked support, with only Australian Ben Rohrer (28) offering much resistance.

    Antigua were 78 for 3 in the 11th over when their skipper Marlon Samuels (10) miscued Suleimann Benn to his opposite number Dwayne Bravo at long-off, and two balls later Benn had Devon Thomas hit his first delivery faced to long-on. In the next over, Kevon Cooper took a return catch off Ricky Ponting (1).

    Cooper's next over, the 14th of the innings, saw Antigua hit three boundaries even as Kemar Roach was bowled. With 19 to get off the last over, Sheldon Cotterel smacked the first and sixth for sixes but Delorn Johnson's dismissal of Rohrer was the final blow. Cooper and Bravo bowled excellently to take two wicket each.

    Earlier, Bravo had top-scored with 46 off 25 balls to add muscle to his team's innings. His late burst followed good contributions from Adrian Barath (38), Ross Taylor (25) and Darren Bravo (38) and Bravo senior was named Man of the Match.

    Barbados still lead the points table with four wins from five games, while victory has taken Guyana to second.