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West Indies vs Ireland: West Indies Canter To Victory

By on June 3, 2009

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West Indies 134 for 1 (Gayle 88*) beat Ireland 130 for 7 (Bray 30, Benn 2-24) by 9 wickets…

Captain Chris Gayle led the way with 88 not out off 56 balls as his team got home with four overs to spare.
Openers Gayle and Andre Fletcher began their pursuit of 131 at a steady pace but there was no need to take undue risks with such a small target.

Kyle McCallan made the breakthrough when Fletcher (19) top-edged to third man but Gayle then hit the off-spinner for a six and a four in his next over, during which time the left-hander brought up a 35-ball 50. Gayle then took another two maximums from the slow bowler in this third over.

The West Indies skipper was given useful support by Ramnaresh Sarwan, in an unbeaten stand of 79 for the second wicket, and it was the latter who ended the contest at the conclusion of the 16th over when he pulled John Mooney to the boundary.

Ireland had earlier made 130-7 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Captain Will Porterfield (5) suffered a second failure (on the back of his brief innings against Netherlands the previous day) when he edged Fidel Edwards to point in the second over.

Niall O’Brien (22), who was rested against the Dutch, quickly got into his stride but couldn’t provide the substantial total his side needed as he pulled Dwayne Bravo to midwicket.

Left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn then struck in successive overs to keep the Irish in check, including top scorer Jeremy Bray, who yorked himself and was bowled for 30.

Kevin O’Brien (20) and John Mooney (23) chipped in with useful contributions but their total was never likely to trouble the potentially explosive West Indian batting line-up.

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