Jamaica v Ireland, Nagico Super50, Port-of-Spain February 4, 2014

Taylor takes three wickets in Jamaica return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jamaica 166 for 4 (Campbell 71) beat Ireland 161 (N O'Brien 35, Russell 3-19, Taylor 3-33) by six wickets
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Playing his first match for Jamaica in almost three years, Jerome Taylor produced a solid performance with 3 for 33 in a six-wicket win over Ireland at Queen's Park Oval on Monday. Taylor wiped out the tail to restrict Ireland to 161 before John Campbell's maiden List A half-century made short work of the chase to ensure Jamaica came away with a bonus point win.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat, making one change to their line-up from Friday as Stuart Thompson entered for John Mooney. Cricket Ireland announced after the match that Mooney was returning home from the tour due to a stress-related illness. Meanwhile, Paul Stirling missed out again with an injured hamstring.

After a sedate start in which openers Niall O'Brien and captain William Porterfield put on a half-century stand, Porterfield was caught behind off David Bernard chasing a wide delivery. O'Brien top-scored with 35 but suffered a rough lbw decision against Tamar Lambert at the start of the 24th over to make it 78 for 2. Replays showed the ball appeared to be sliding down the leg side.

From there, Ireland floundered with a series of loose dismissals preventing them from building any momentum. Gary Wilson skipped down the wicket to loft Lambert straight to Andre Russell at long-on for 10. After Andrew Poynter edged Russell behind to begin the 32nd over, Alex Cusack slashed Russell two balls later to Andre McCarthy stationed on the third-man rope. The Irish frustration grew when last recognised batsman Kevin O'Brien sliced a drive off Andrew Richardson to McCarthy at point to leave Ireland at 123 for 6.

After going wicketless in his opening five-over spell to start the match, Taylor returned to claim three with clever changes of pace to bowl Ireland out in 46.1 overs. Russell bowled economically to take 3 for 19 off eight overs to earn Man of the Match honors.

Campbell got off to a slow start in his innings leading off the chase, scoring 25 off his first 45 deliveries leaving Horace Miller and Nkrumah Bonner to do most of the early damage for Jamaica. Bonner scorched the Irish attack for five boundaries in his 22 off 15 balls before he edged an attempted cut behind off Max Sorensen to the wicketkeeper Wilson to make it 52 for 2.

Campbell and Lambert then added 101 for the third wicket in a stand dominated by Campbell. He brought up his half-century off 64 balls, combining brutish slogs over midwicket with some delicate cuts and a paddle sweep in his six fours and two sixes. Both batsmen perished in the space of four balls with the score on 153, trying to hit out to finish the game.

Ireland's poor fielding also contributed to Jamaica's efficiency in chasing the runs with multiple chances being dropped. Russell smashed his fourth delivery straight to Sorensen at deep midwicket but the fielder parried the ball over the boundary in a moment that summed up Ireland's uncharacteristically poor fielding performance. Russell hit his second six two balls later to finish off the chase in just 29 overs.

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  • Justin on February 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @Rishad, time will tell as to whether Ireland are competitive against the West Indies or not. Some, like myself, would argue that the West Indies domestic competition is harder to win than matches against the West Indies themselves. That is because the West Indies exists in name only whereas when players play in their domestic competitions they are representing their countries and their flags and they play with pride. Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados could all play Test cricket in their own right and they would all do it more competitively than the composite West Indies side does. Come the T20s and one-off ODI Ireland will be well settled into local conditions and they will have Stirling and Joyce back in the side, so they should perform better than they have thus far in the domestic tournament. Ireland can start that process of improvement by batting through the entire 50 overs for the first time in the tournament in their final match and by taking their catches.

  • Joshua on February 4, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Its pleasing to see that the guys that SHOULD be in the WI team performing well so far. Taylor with Rampaul, Roach, Holder and Narine will be a menacing attack. Speed, Accuracy, Bounce, Intelligence and Mystery personified.

  • Orlando on February 4, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Glad to see Russell finally bowling properly. He has such potential but has to grasp this chance. More importantly, it was wonderful to see Jerome Taylor back in action. He was a bit rusty at first but the more he bowled the more he look like the old Taylor. He is the best fast bowler in the WI and partnered with Roach and one of Rampaul or one of the 5 or 6 up and coming quicks WI could have a serious pace attack again, backed up by Millar, Narine, Benn, Bishoo, etc. One looks around the region and there are bowlers and batsmen who could do the job for WI, but our selectors seem bent on keeping WI weak. Why?

  • Android on February 4, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @Rishad Same applies for Bangladesh then. Apart from Al hasan, all are good players on dry pitches. Irish play well on seaming tracks. Don't see a reason behind them not getting a test status.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Irishmen pushing for test status, hope you're following this Irish performance. They're losing their one day games badly against domestic teams. They need a lot more building up and practice before the dream of Test cricket comes true. Most of the Irish specialist batsmen average barely 22 - 27 which is way below par. Test cricket is a far cry.

  • kent on February 4, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Welcomr back Jerome. So nice to see you back in action. We look forward to seeing you in WI colours soon.

  • Justin on February 4, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Yet another poor performance from the Irish. The person doing the text commentary on Cricinfo cited at least four drop catches from the Irish and their inability to turn the strike over as leading reasons for the heavy loss. Ireland are a quality bowler short with the retirement of Trent Johnston not to mention the big-hitting lower order batting and leadership he offered the team. In addition the injury to Stirling and the absence of Joyce leave the Irish top order looking decidedly thin. That being said at least the Irish could consistently bowl in good areas and take their catches in the field whilst batting with some intent and work the strike over whenever the boundaries aren't coming. For Jamaica it was good to see Jerome Taylor back in the team. I have thought for years that he was the best bowler in the West Indies but the West Indian selectors obviously think otherwise. That's a shame as maybe their shambolic performances could have been markedly improved if he had played.

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