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Ireland beats West Indies

18/06/2004 05:51:09 AM Comments (0)

West Indies has slumped to a devastating six-wicket defeat at the hands of amateurs Ireland on the eve of the NatWest Triangular Series in England.

Thirty five years after Ireland famously bowled Clive Lloyd's West Indies out for just 25 in Sion Mills, County Tyrone, Brian Lara's side became the latest in a string of top teams to fall foul of the giantkillers from the Emerald Isle.

Last year they beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets and earlier this season they dumped Surrey out of the C&G Trophy with a five-wicket triumph at Clontarf.

But this victory will eclipse both those recent triumphs.

Dwane Bravo was the star of the West Indies innings as the Trinidadian youngster's unbeaten century helped the tourists to 292 for seven from their 50 overs - but it was not enough as Ireland won with 19 balls to spare.

Captain Brian Lara, who batted down at number eight and scored just one run, had called for an improvement at the top of the order after Wednesday's comfortable 96-run victory.

However, opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul was an early casualty, snapped up behind the stumps by Niall O'Brien off the bowling of Trent Johnston for just two.

Chris Gayle was another Johnston victim as the tourists toiled on 46 for two but a third wicket stand of 72 between Devon Smith and Ricardo Powell steadied the nerves.

However, it was Bravo's unbeaten century that helped set a difficult target for the hosts. He blazed 12 boundaries, including three sixes, to wrack up his 100 off just 65 balls.

Australian professional Johnston recorded Ireland's best figures with two for 29 while home-grown medium pacer John Mooney's three wickets came at a price of nearly seven an over.

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