SARWAN UNBEATEN CENTURY SEES OFF IRELAND
West Indies win by 6 wkts on D/L system
A century from Ramnaresh Sarwan helped West Indies overcome a spirited Ireland in a rain-affected encounter in Jamaica, as they eased to their target with six wickets and six deliveries to spare.
Chasing a revised target of 213 in 45 overs after their innings had been interrupted in the sixth over, Sarwan finished the match with 100 not out from 119 balls, having broken the back of the run-chase in a 111-run stand for the fourth wicket with Narsingh Deonarine.
Scores: Ireland 219, West Indies 213-4
Having recently lost to Zimbabwe in humiliating fashion, West Indies were looking on course for another embarrassment when they lost Andre Fletcher (1) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (0) in the first ten deliveries of their innings to slip to 1-2.
Wavell Hinds was then caught and bowled for 20 by George Dockrell at 56-3 before Sarwan struck 11 fours in a 119-ball innings to overcome his team’s anxieties.
Narsingh Deonarine continued his good form with a stylish 49-ball 57 with 4 fours and 2 sixes while Daren Bravo remained unbeaten at the end with 2 sixes in 28 from 36 balls.
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and batted first, and their total of 219 was built on the efforts of Paul Stirling, who made 51 from 83 deliveries, and the O’Brien brothers – Niall, who made 49 from 76 balls, and Kevin, whose hard-hitting 54 from 51 balls included three fours and the only two sixes of the innings.
None of the three men could go on to produce the big innings that would have anchored the innings, however, and West Indies were able to peg Ireland back to an obtainable total, thanks in particular to the efforts of David Bernard, who starred with 3-32 in 10 overs, and Sulieman Benn, who claimed for 2-29 in eight.