Vitality T20 Blast: Martin Guptill smashes hotel window during whirlwind 86, Alex Carey stars on Sussex debut
Martin Guptill hit 10 sixes during his 86* off 31 balls. (Image: Twitter)

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill fired Worcestershire Rapids to a nine-wicket win over Durham on Sunday during the 2019 Vitality Blast T20, hitting ten sixes in an unbeaten 86 from only 31 deliveries.

One of Guptill’s sixes broke a window on the top floor of the adjoining hotel overlooking the County Ground in Worcester.

Set a target of 182 after Durham hauled themselves to 181/8 despite no batsman managing to get to 50, Worcestershire were hurried to victory in just 12.1 overs. Guptill led the way with his fierce shot-making, getting to his half-century in 18 balls, while his opening partner Riki Wessels was no less aggressive in getting there in 20 balls.

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Wessels smacked eight fours and five sixes in making 74 off 29 balls in a stand of 148 in 8.5 overs. Guptill finished 86 not out, having hit three fours to go with his ten sixes.

This win left Worcestershire Rapids at second place in the Vitalist Blast’s North Group.

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Elsewhere in the competition, Australia’s World Cup breakout star Alex Carey marked his Vitality Blast debut with a match-winning 78 as Sussex beat Somerset by 13 runs in the South Group.

Carey – overlooked for the Ashes – hit seven fours and four sixes in his 46-ball innings which helped Sussex get 184/8 at Taunton. In reply, hosts Somerset ended on 171/5, despite an opening stand of 96 inside 12 overs between Babar Azam (83) and Tom Banton (51).

Sunday’s other two games between Lancashire and Derbyshire and Northamptonshire versus Yorkshire were abandoned without a ball bowled.