West Indies overcome Ireland in first ODI after Shamarh Brooks scores 93 on debut | Cricket News

Brooks and Captain Kieron Pollard team up for 155 runs to ignite the West Indies after they were reduced to 62-4 in the 19th; the series stays in Kingston on Tuesdays and Fridays, followed by a one-off Twenty20

Last updated: 01/09/22 12:17


Shamarh Brooks of the West Indies in the Twenty20 action against Pakistan in December

Shamarh Brooks, who made his debut at the age of 33, scored 93 goals and led the West Indies to a 24-game win over Ireland on Saturday’s first international matchday at Sabina Park.

The West Indies were all out for 269 in the penultimate ball before Ireland were sent off for 245 at the start of the last over.

Brooks narrowly missed becoming the second West Indian to mark a century ODI debut, after Desmond Haynes, the team’s new selector.

Brooks and captain Kieron Pollard, who made 69, combined for 155 points after their team was reduced to 62-4 in the 19th over. The star Andy McBrine took two wickets in two overs.

The Irish played mostly well, with Mark Adair and Craig Young taking three wickets each.

The West Indies went borderless 12 times as Brooks and Pollard picked their moments.

Pollard’s four sixes came in six-ball space, three of them running out of McBrine on midwicket, long on and square leg back. He was out in the 42nd over, overcoming a long shot on Young after 69 of 66 balls.

Brooks went lbw to Adair in the 45th, his nice 93 out of 89 balls including nine limits and three sixes.

Ireland, coming out of a shared streak with the United States in Fort Lauderdale, started without Paul Stirling, Simi Singh and Ben White, all infected with the coronavirus.

After William Porterfield was out for a duck and McBrine retired injured in 34th after being hit in the helmet grille, Captain Andy Balbirnie and Harry Tector created a solid platform, even as the pace of racing was picking up.

But after Balbirnie was hit on the grid by Odean Smith, he was knocked out three balls later in a new over of Romario Shepherd, hitting a ball and moving behind. Out for 71 out of 94 balls, Balbirnie’s exit finished the stand of 103.

Tector was eliminated 53 of 68 in the next over, trying to cut and pass Smith to Roston Chase on the border.

With both hitters on the set going to 38th, Ireland never recovered.

Shepherd and Alzarri Joseph took three wickets each.

The series stays in Kingston on Tuesdays and Fridays, followed by a one-off Twenty20.

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