West Indies players (from left) Keemo Paul, Shai Hope, captain Kieron Pollard (partly hidden), Roston Chase and Hayden Walsh Jr celebrating the fall of another Ireland wicket. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)
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)
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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