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Windies crush Irish

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Windies crush Irish

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Whether it was mashed Irish potatoes or fast food on the menu at Kensington Oval last night, the greedy West Indies’ batsmen seemed in a hurry to eat a bellyful.

Only opener Evin Lewis stayed for a full-course meal but didn’t have the satisfaction of savouring the taste of a century as the West Indies whipped Ireland by five wickets in the first day/night Colonial Medical Insurance One-Day International.

Chasing Ireland’s modest total of 180 in 46.3 overs, West Indies ended on 184 for five in 33.2 overs, with Lewis one short of a third ODI century on 99 not out off 99 balls.

The Trinidadian left-hander struck 13 fours and two sixes in his knock but needing to hit a six to get his century with the scores level, Lewis lofted fast bowler Barry McCarthy over extra cover only to drop to his knees as the ball landed agonisingly a few inches inside the boundary. (EZS)

Summarised scores:

Ireland 180 in 46.1 overs (Lorcan Tucker 31, Mark Adair 29, Gareth Delany 19, Andy Balbirnie 15, Paul Stirling 15, Barry Mc Carthy 13, Boyd Rankin 10 n.o.; Alzarri Joseph 4-32, Hayden Walsh Jr 2-30, Sheldon Cottrell 2-39). West Indies 184-5 in 33.2 overs (Evin Lewis 99 n.o., Brandon King 20, Roston Chase 19, Nicholas Pooran 17, Shai Hope 13; Simi Singh 2-44). West Indies won by five wickets with 100 ball remaining.

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