Ireland v West Indies A, List A match, Stormont June 25, 2010

Devon Smith century seals thumping win

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West Indies A 220 for 2 (Smith 114, Fletcher 81*) beat Ireland 217 (Poynter 64, White 56, Bernard 3-24) by eight wickets
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West Indies A continued their successful run with a second successive win over Ireland at Stormont in Belfast as Devon Smith's aggressive 114 secured an eight-wicket victory. The hosts struggled to reach 217 despite half centuries from Andrew Poynter and Andrew White, then Andre Fletcher hit 81 alongside Smith's hundred as the visitors raced home.

Smith launched West Indies' chase in spectacular style, thrashing six fours in left-arm medium-pacer Phil Eaglestone's first two overs - five of them through the off side. With two more boundaries coming off O'Brien soon after, West Indies had rushed to 48 in the first six overs, though fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite had made only seven.

Smith raced to a fluent half-century, and after Brathwaite chipped a simple return catch back to offspinner Albert van der Merwe, he continued the assault in partnership with Fletcher. Fletcher got going with several strong shots down the ground and never slowed down, going to his half-century from 49 balls with yet another hit down the ground.

Smith brought up an 88-ball hundred with a push through the covers off George Dockrell in the 32nd over, but with just three runs required for victory, he top-edged a pull off Eaglestone to give Dockrell an easy catch at mid on. Fletcher sealed the win in Eaglestone's next over with a glance to the fine leg boundary.

Ireland captain O'Brien had had the better of the toss but his decision to bat first soon backfired. After Andre Russell trapped Gary Wilson lbw, Dave Bernard struck twice in quick succession to put Ireland under real pressure. O'Brien played a counter-attacking 37, smashing 15 in an over off Russell, and was timing the ball well before he clipped Kevin Stoute to Smith at midwicket.

Poynter and White picked up where he left off, adding 88 for the fifth wicket before they were separated by Imran Khan, Poynter trying to launch the legspinner down the ground but finding Assad Fudadin at long-off to depart for 64.

Ireland were 161 for 5 with his dismissal, and thereafter lost wickets at regular intervals, with Fudadin and Khan the main destroyers of the lower order before Bernard returned to bowl Eaglestone and keep Ireland to a mediocre total.

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  • Byron on June 26, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    @ Sheth, I guess you either didn't look at the scoreboard or you don't know cricket. Look again my friend and if you need help understanding it repost.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    How can a 3 run margin be called thumping and that too against ireland

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    yes i agree the world needs a competitive WI team. but if u live in da carribean don't despair it could be worse. FRANCE AND ITALY !!!!

  • KENNETH on June 25, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Well done Guys. Devon, you have truly become very confident and are doing an incredible job as Captain and leading the team from the front. Keep it up, remain focus and you be recalled to the senior team again. Hopefully, your success will rub off on the Senior team. Russell, Flecher and the guys - Great Job! Keep it up.

    All the best for the rest of the tour. Keep working hard and you will be rewarded in the end. Good luck!

  • Bjorn on June 25, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    With the fiasco goin on rite now in west indies cricket it is good to at least see the A team putting in some good performance over seas. I hope and pray for a turn around in my beloved west indian team .

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