ICC World Cup 2011: West Indies V Ireland

An important match for Ireland tomorrow, if they’re to progress to the next stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.  They face the West Indies in Mohali.  It’s a day match so the starting time here is around 4am.  Don’t expect live-blogging…

RTÉ’s preview focuses on the West Indies coach Ottis Gibson’s approach to the game, whilst the BBC seeks the view of Ireland’s coach, former West Indies player, Phil Simmons.

As ESPNCricinfo’s preview notes

In a keenly-contested Group where the fight for a berth in the quarter-finals is of greater intensity than the other, Friday’s fixture will have a significant bearing on who goes through to the knockouts from this half. A win for West Indies will be a consolidation – a preparation for bigger tests that await them against India and England. A win for Ireland will put them in an excellent position to realise their pre-tournament objective of making it to the next stage, with a game against Netherlands, whom they’ll expect to beat, in hand.

Update Ireland won the toss and decided to field.  West Indies set a big total for Ireland to chase despite being 142 for 3 from 35 overs.  Pollard made 94 runs from 55 balls and opener Smith made 107.

West Indies 275 all out from 50 overs.

Ireland innings.  276 to win. Cricinfo over-by-over coverage.

Stirling c Sammy b Benn 5 from 6 balls.  FoW 6 for 1 from 1.4 overs

Porterfield c sub (Rampaul) b Sammy 12 from 34 balls. FoW 42 for 2 from 11.6 overs

N O’Brien b Benn25 from 31 balls. FoW 86 for 3 from 20.6 overs

Joyce b Russell 84 (106b 9×4 0x6).  FoW 177 for 4 from 37.3 overs

KJ O’Brien c Pollard b Sammy 5 (9b 0x4 0x6). FoW 187 for 5 from 39.4 overs

Wilson lbw b Sammy 61 (62b 6×4 1×6). FoW 199 for 6 from 41.4 overs

Cusack st †Thomas b Benn 2 (15m 5b 0x4 0x6).  FoW 199 for 7 from 42.2 overs

Botha run out 0 (7b 0x4 0x6).  FoW 201 for 8 from 43.4 overs

Mooney b Roach 6 (7b 1×4 0x6).  FoW 215 for 9 from 45.5 overs

Dockrell b Benn 19 (19b 3×4 0x6).  FoW 231 all out from 49 overs

Ireland 231 all out from 49 overs.

West Indies win by 44 runs.

Good effort by Ireland chasing a big target. Pollard made the difference in the West Indies batting.

Joyce and Wilson stand out in the Irish batting, with an honourable mention for Dockerell.  But the West Indies bowling of Sammy, Russell and Benn put paid to any chance of an upset.  But then there’s that umpiring call…

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  • Mick Fealty

    Ireland chasing 275. Lively start from Joyce though slowed in the sixth over, currently 35/1.

  • Mick Fealty

    Porterfield gone last ball of the over. Long period of sustained pressure. Ireland will soon feel the need to break out. Niall O’Brien now partnering Joyce.

  • Mick Fealty

    Cricinfo on Joyce’s last four:

    Russell to Joyce, FOUR, put your hands together for the shot of the day. And we have seen some shots today. Russell bounces him at 139 kph, it was headed for the helmet again, but Niall has no problem swivelling onto the backfoot in one smooth motion and slamming the pull shot nearly all the way. Imperious and in front of square. Russell’s hands are on his head, over the Mohawk hairdo.
    Ireland 52/2 14 overs

  • Mick Fealty

    6.25 is the run rate required. Currently Ireland on four runs per over, though earlier they were hitting 7. They were at 64/2 at 16 overs

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland 121 for 3 from 28.1 overs.

    Joyce on 64 runs from 79 balls.

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland now 143 for 3 from 32 overs.

    By comparison, West Indies were 142 for 3 from 35 overs…

  • Pete Baker

    15 overs left.

    Ireland require 119 runs with 7 wickets in hand…

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland 177 for 3 from 37 overs.

    Wilson just hit 14 runs from the 1 over.

  • Pete Baker

    Joyce b Russell 84 (106b 9×4 0x6). FoW 177 for 4 from 37.3 overs

    Good innings by Joyce, kept Ireland [just] in this one.

    Ireland 177 for 4 from 37.3 overs.

  • Pete Baker

    KJ O’Brien c Pollard b Sammy 5 (9b 0x4 0x6). FoW 187 for 5 from 39.4 overs

    Ireland 191 for 5 from 40 overs.

    85 runs from 60 balls required with 5 wickets left.

    Wilson on 55 runs from 55 balls.

  • Pete Baker

    Wilson lbw b Sammy 61 (62b 6×4 1×6). FoW 199 for 6 from 41.4 overs

    According to Cricinfo commentary there is some doubt about that dismissal…

    Ireland 199 for 6 from 42 overs.

  • Mark

    In work , cannot get the match , relying on Pete for updates .

  • Pete Baker

    But not about the next one…

    Cusack st †Thomas b Benn 2. FoW 199 for 7 from 42.2 overs.

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland 203 for 8 from 44 overs.

  • Pete Baker

    Ireland 231 all out from 49 overs.

    West Indies win by 44 runs.

    Good effort by Ireland chasing a big target. Pollard made the difference in the West Indies batting.

    Joyce and Wilson stand out in the Irish batting, with an honourable mention for Dockerell. But the West Indies bowling of Sammy, Russell and Benn put paid to any chance of an upset. But then there’s that umpiring call…

  • john

    I m no cricket expert but that was a poor finish. The batsmen had given themselves a good platform and then the middle order collapsed and why did they leave the last batting power play until they only had 2 clueless bowlers left to chase the runs – school boy error! Controversial this statement but I think the boys will be disapointed with the tournament so far – so they unexpectedly beat England but they really should have beaten Bangladesh and definitley could have made India and West Indies sweat more if not beaten them. Not to worry hopefully the interest will help cricket Ireland both with new talent and funding.

  • Ireland have to win their last two matches to qualify. Holland and South Africa.

    England not doing very well against Bangladesh. Looks like England will need to beat the W Indies to qualify.

  • Raging. Indeed a poor finish, though a lot of credit has to be given to the Windies suppressive bowling.

    Flaming awful usage of the batting powerplay by Ireland, should’ve stuck it on as soon as Joyce went to give the Wilson-O’Brien partnership a chance to get going. Pollard’s catch was unbelievable.

    Botha disappointing but it’s good evidence of why he’s slipped down the batting order. Dockrell was the only one in the tail showing any resistance to being gently pushed over.

  • Mark

    Seymour,

    Looks like Morgan replacing KP is a blessing in disguise . Sometimes the replacement does better than the original choice .

  • Mainland Ulsterman

    That Pollard can hit the ball a bit, eh

  • Its all depressing lads. Lets discuss rugby.

    Er Dewi, your post please.

  • Mark

    BANGLABLEEDINDESH Seymour – ffs

    Do Scotland play Cricket ? lol………………………

  • HeinzGuderian

    Do Oirland ??????? ahahahahaha…………