Amazon Warriors’ pick Stirling hits splendid hundred in close defeat


Ireland opener Paul Stirling, one of the Guyana Amazon Warriors five overseas picks for the Hero Caribbean Premier League 2022, on Friday scored his 13th One-Day International hundred, but New Zealand won an exciting contest by one run.

A brilliant 115 from former Amazon Warriors opener Martin Guptill spurred the Black Caps to 360-6 in the third ODI in Dublin, and the Irish made a spirited chase, but lost by the narrowest of margins.

New Zealand won the series 3-0.

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Paul Stirling gathers runs on the on-side during his knock on Friday (Photo: Getty Images)

Stirling was outstanding in the run-chase, keeping the Irish in the game right throughout, before they agonizingly fell short in the end.

The right-hander, playing in his 139th ODI, struck 120 off 103 balls, going at a strike rate of 116.50. His innings included 14 fours and five sixes.

Harry Tector also made a hundred (108) as Ireland responded with 359-9.

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