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West Indies Carve out One-Wicket Win over Ireland

West Indies Carve out One-Wicket Win over Ireland Photo: TT
West Indies Edged Out Ireland

The West Indies beat Ireland by one wicket, denying the visitors a famous victory by the narrowest of margins.

Ireland won the toss in Bridgetown and chose to bat first. Paul Stirling and Garth Delany put on 25 for the first wicket, but then Delany fell to a catch by Alzarri Joseph from a ball by Sheldon Cottrell for 14. Andrew Balbirnie scored 10 before he was bowled by Joseph, before Stirling and William Porterfield put on 59 for the third wicket, until Porterfield fell to the bowling of Khary Pierre for 29, caught by Joseph.

Then it was the turn of Stirling to depart having made 63, including one six, bowled by Joseph. Lorcan Tucker fell cheaply, another victim of Joseph, caught by Evin Lewis, but Kevin OBrien made 31, before he was caught by Cottrell, again off Joseph.

Simi Singh and Mark Adair then put on 38, before Adair was run out for 13, but Singh and Mark Adair added a further 18, until Singh fell for 34, caught behind off Cottrell. McBrine was lbw to Cottrell, but Boyd Rankin and Barry McCarthy added an unbeaten 13 for the last wicket, with McCarthy hitting a six off the final ball of the innings, as Ireland closed on 237 9. McCarthy was 17 not out at the end, and Boyd unbeaten on 4.

Joseph was the most successful of the West Indies bowlers again with 4 for 32, whilst Cottrell took 3 for 51.

The West Indies made a terrible start to their reply, losing three quick wickets at the top of the order. First to go was Lewis, caught by Rankin off McBrine, and then both Shimron Hetmyer and Brandon King were caught behind, off McCarthy and Rankin respectively.

Then Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran put on 52, before Hope was lbw to Singh for 25, but Pooran and Pollard then shared a stand of 64 for the fifth wicket before Pooran was bowled by Singh for 52. Two more wickets then fell quickly; Pollard was caught and bowled by McCarthy for 40, and Romario Shepherd was caught by Stirling, with Singh again the bowler.

Pierre and Walsh, however, added 52, and, when Pierre was out for 18 to a delivery from McBrine, caught by Stirling, Walsh put on 32 for the ninth wicket with Joseph, until the latter was caught by Stirling, with Adair the bowler this time.

At that point Ireland were just one wicket away from a historic win, but Walsh and Cottrell dashed their hopes with an unbeaten last wicket stand, as the West Indies reached their target with one ball to spare, Cottrell striking a six to seal the victory. He was undefeated on 7, whilst Walsh finished 46 not out.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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