Ireland picked up 10 more World Cup Super League points in Jamaica last night as they beat West Indies by five wickets in their second one-day international after a 90-minute rain interruption.
Hen play resumed, Ireland had the straight task of scoring 11 off 28 balls with six wickets in hand, but the hard work was done in the first 81 overs.
An unbeaten 50 from Harry Tector, four wickets for Andy McBrine and three wickets for Craig Young were the highlights as Ireland linked the Windies in WCSL victories against England in Southampton and South Africa last summer.
It was Tector’s sixth fifty in his final nine innings as his supreme form continued. Just 21 years old, he is sure to be a regular and future captain of Ireland for years to come. Coming on to the wicket of William Porterfield at the end of the 10th over, he was still exactly 50 not out when it rained in the 32nd over, hitting four brilliant boundaries and a top lead for Alzarri’s six. Joseph.
When play resumed, Ireland’s revised target was 168 in 36 overs, and George Dockrell, trying to end the game in style, came on to score the winning run and left Tector 54 unbeaten.
He was adjudged man of the match by McBrine, who added another excellent bowling spell, scoring 35 off 45 balls, which included a massive wicket of Kieron Pollard off his first ball to the West Indies captain.
Ireland made a perfect start in reply to West Indies 229, with the old firm of William Porterfield and Paul Stirling back together again.
Sterling returned to the scene of Ireland’s most famous victory – their first World Cup win against Pakistan in 2007 – replacing Andrew Balbirnie as captain in a One Day International for the first time, and although this was his first match for 21 days. . , 10 of which were spent in a hotel room in Florida, for five overs looking like he had never gone away.
He hit three fours and a straight six, which also gave him 5,000 ODI runs – the first Ireland player to reach that milestone – but, unfortunately, on the next ball, he pushed slow left-armer Akil Hossein. And took it to the outer edge. Safe hands of Jason Holder.
Porterfield was playing his 17th match against the West Indies and remarkably he still has a top score of 29. The former captain was determined to stay on the attack despite the loss of his opening partner, but after hitting a six and three fours, he hit the ball in the air once too many, straight into Pollard’s hands at short cover. .
McBrine had replaced Sterling and Odeon seemed unaffected by Smith’s blow to the head in the first match – in fact he took some singles off three of the Windies’ pacer’s three deliveries – but hit a six and two fours. After a gap of six balls, he was in the zone and could not resist another pull from Romario Shepherd which ended in the hands of a long leg.
Curtis Camper was Ireland’s only batsman who did not look comfortable and although he survived 27 balls, eight of his 12 runs were singles before being bowled by Hossein.
Sterling had won the crucial toss at 9 a.m. so West Indies had no hesitation in asking to bat first, with Neil Rock replacing Lorcan Tucker, another Covid victim, who suffered a 24-run loss last Saturday. The only other change was
Mark Adair would like to forget his first spell which started with five wides in the leg-side and with four more in his third over, the West Indies’ top scorer was comfortably in the opening round.
It was the 10th over before Ireland got the breakthrough despite helpful conditions and the first change came from Young, who is enjoying his own purple patch with the ball like Tector.
His three wickets in the first game took him to 50 ODI wickets and 16 in the last eight matches and took three more wickets by the end of his fourth over here.
Shai Hope was caught behind to give Rock his first ODI catch as a wicketkeeper, although television review was required to confirm that he had touched it. Sterling also had to ask for a review before Young took his third wicket, an lbw decision against Nicholas Pooran but again he was corrected and suddenly West Indies were 43 for three.
A 48-run stand for the fourth wicket threatened to put the home side back in control, but a brilliant catch from Sterling, with his right hand at a slip, dismissed Roston Chase and it was the start of a brilliant spell when Ireland took four wickets. 18 runs in eight overs.
West Indies were 143 for eight when McBrine got Hossin caught at deep mid-wicket, but there were still two big-hitters in the middle and Romario Shepherd and Smith smashed themselves for five sixes and nine fours. Helped as 86 runs were added for the last two. Wicket.
With Ireland also sending an extra three overs – he bowled an unacceptable 18 wide and a no-ball – he looked to improve when he tried to complete a first ODI series win in the third and final game at Sabina Park. There’s a lot to do. on Sunday.