West Indies v Ireland, only ODI, Kingston February 23, 2014

Smith, Powell lay platform for four-wicket win

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West Indies 205 for 6 (Powell 57, Smith 55) beat Ireland 202 (Wilson 62, Holder 3-34, Dwayne Bravo 3-36) by four wickets

Despite producing a far from smooth performance, West Indies held themselves together well enough with bat and ball to overcome Ireland by four wickets at Sabina Park. After restricting the visitors to 202, contrasting half-centuries from Dwayne Smith and Kieran Powell set the base in the chase, and West Indies finished with more than 13 overs to spare

Smith, who was only drafted in for this match and for the games to follow against England because Chris Gayle had a back problem, did a passable impression of the man he was replacing by clubbing 55 off 53 balls in an opening stand of 100 with Powell. Playing his first ODI since December 2012, Smith hit the first two deliveries of the innings for four and later added three sixes before getting an outside edge off Stuart Thompson.

Ireland took the chance to bring themselves back into the contest by removing Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo as West Indies lost 3 for 8, but the captain Dwayne Bravo quelled their excitement with a boundary-filled 35 while Powell played at his own pace to bring up a controlled half-century from 72 balls.

Dwayne Bravo was showing the form that brought him 217 runs in the one-day series against New Zealand last month, but just when he was seemingly taking West Indies to their target in a hurry, he was superbly caught on the cover boundary.

Neither could Powell finish the job, being stumped off Paul Stirling, but the flying start provided by the openers meant West Indies were not under any run-rate pressure and although Denesh Ramdin went lbw, Marlon Samuels finished the game with a flurry of boundaries. The spinners, George Dockrell and Paul Stirling, tried their best to haul in the innings and did enough to suggest Ireland had not been too far away from a very competitive total.

William Porterfield opted to take first use of the pitch, perhaps expecting it to get slower like the T20 surfaces did, and lost his opening partner Stirling in the third over when he was bowled by an excellent delivery from Jason Holder. After that, however, Ireland accumulated steadily in the opening Powerplay as Porterfield and Ed Joyce worked themselves into the 20s only to fail to convert.

Porterfield became a maiden international wicket for Miguel Cummins, the 23-year Barbados fast bowler making his debut, when he was caught down the leg side during an over that had included three consecutive no-balls, with two of resulting free hits being hit for six by Porterfield.

Joyce drove Dwayne Bravo to mid-off and Niall O'Brien, who had been brought into the side after missing the T20s, became Bravo's second wicket shortly afterwards to leave Ireland uneasy on 78 for 4. Niall's brother, Kevin, helped steady the innings alongside Gary Wilson, the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman, as the pair added 45 in 11.3 overs but two quick wickets for Nikita Miller put Ireland on the back foot again heading into the final stage of the innings.

Wilson played a controlled knock, aware that Ireland's first priority was to use up their overs. He struck just three boundaries in his 96-ball stay but engineered a stand of 61 in 10.4 overs with Thompson. Ireland may have had visions of a total approaching 220 but could not quite find a final push for the innings as the last four wickets fell for nine runs after Wilson sliced Darren Sammy to point.

For Ireland attention now switches to the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh although they will leave the Caribbean with the nagging thought that with a little more from their batting they could have gained greater success. West Indies, meanwhile, move into a three-ODI series against England in Antigua before Twenty20 preparation against them in Barbados.

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  • Android on February 25, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Four real quicks could find a team with 5 players..the opposition having taken plans to prepare a spinner friendly wicket. In the main those real quick cannot handle a cricket bat. The game is not about speed. Any follower if this sport will have heard of Warne and Murili amongst the leading SLOW bowlers who if put in the same team out perform any battery of four quicks. Success at bowling owes more to control and accuracy than pace. An average batsman with the right armour merely needs to edge pace to the boundary. In contracts some if the most skillful is frequently outsmarted by spin and turn. The 4 quick mentality is defunct. A balanced team with the skills and mental ability to overcome the prevailing conditions and the opposition is the winning formulae.

  • CRIC on February 24, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Derek Gift-Simms...

    Hence my comment regarding coaches and management...patently.

  • charlie on February 24, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    One other issue which is affecting WI team is that of the Barbados management and selectors . Their actions have left WI no choice but to override them in their selections ,especially in the cases of Cummings and Edwards . It's my opinion that Cummings should have been included in the Barbados team after his return from the A-Team tour while still in form , because , as I see it he is part of WI future ,whatever that entails . This sort of inclusion/exclusion of players is not only destroying them as players ,but also any positive efforts of building a good team .

  • Android on February 24, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    It matters not how many GENUINE quicks you have in your team if your bowler does not have knowledge how to bowl and your batsmen cannot cope when the oppo finds ways to negate their strengths then you are doomed. Modern cricketers have to not only master the techniques of the game, they must adapt quickly to their domain and react positively to the prevailing conditions. The plan or regime preached before leaving the dressing room does not always work in the middle. The coaches instructions should be Preserve your wicket, restrict the oppo, bat out the day etc..the player at this level must be good enough to apply himself to achieve the desired result without being preoccupied with fear of being told off or dropped because he did not do exactly as told. players must use their minds and think whenever the play. Doubt leads to dismissals, bad bowling etc. This is very evident in the current setup if a lay person spend time anslysing recent results.

  • Dummy on February 24, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I think the wicb needs a restructed plan because there seem to be no committed individual within the hierarchy and its affecting even the way we play on the field .its only cricket fans like me who seemed to be feeling all the humilation but what can we do but speak our mind.too much focus on non cricketing matters and we are not seeing no beneficial implementation to develop our upcoming talents .

  • CRIC on February 24, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Posted by Rally_Windies A team of madness.. Jerome Taylor proved his worth in the ODI tournament as easily the best pace bowler in the region... Taylor, Roach, Holder, Rampaul... that attack is 2nd only to South Africa.. It is better than Australia who has a bowling attack that is 90% reliant on ONE MAN WI have a quality pace quartet ... I am Trini and I like the spinners.. but please get rid of sammy and play the 4 quicks!

    Rally, I agree we need to get back to what made us THE BEST TEAM EVER IN ANY SPORT...4 genuine quicks would certainly bring back some of the fire of old. But our pitches + trainers are well shy of where they need to be, as is the management + coaching. Sure, use the present pacers but also get Holding, Bishop, Ambrose, Walsh and Garner involved to help them out. The fitness failures of all current bowlers is down to one fact - the training is far from strenuous enough (Rampaul?). Dennis Waight had them honed correctly. Taylor, Roach, Holder, Johnson +Beaton (soon)

  • Orlando on February 24, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    The problem with WI continues to be neither rust nor lack of talent nor lack of opportunity. True, grass roots structural improvements must be made immediately as the new director of cricket is attempting. But the real, present, urgent problem for WI is the lack of genuine leadership on and off the field. Sammy did what he could with what he has and maybe in ODI and T20 he should be allowed to continue. But there is NO ONE at any level of WI cricket to inspire and lead and bring focus and unity and a goal. Hence the team functions like a collection of individuals, most of whom are discouraged and fed up. There is something rotten (or rotting) about the WI senior team and until this is addressed the odd win will only break the monotony of the regular defeats until demotion / disintegration becomes a reality.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Well done Ireland Team ! Flawless effort made !

  • Dennis on February 24, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I understand the thought process of not rushing players who haven't played in months on injury onto the team but at the same time, if these players are considered your "most experienced" players...you need to have them playing if they are fit. It's like the Miami heat sitting out lebron james when he's 100% fit from injury because he needs to practice with the team and "ease back" into his duties. They wouldn't do that...so why should Windies cricket? If you're players are fit....they should should be playing. Good players will shake the rust off quickly if they are top class.

  • Dennis on February 24, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @bumonseats I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you're not a big follower of windies cricket because you're way off. Sammy plays in all formats, he was just replaced as captain for the ODI team. Bravo is the ODI captain.

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