Shamarh Brooks, who made his ODI debut at the age of 33, took the top score with a 93 as the West Indies beat Ireland by 24 points in the first game of a three-game series at Sabina Park on Saturday .
West Indies responded with 269 runs after being thrown at the bat before Ireland collapsed from 165-1 to 245.
Brooks’ later development as an international cricketer meant the Barbados batsman, who was 29 on his Test debut, struck nine boundaries and three sixes in his 89-ball stop. Captain Kieron Pollard smashed 69 with four boundaries and four sixes in a 155 fifth-wicket partnership with Brooks.
In Andy McBrine’s 37th inning, three of which were in a row, two saved the team from a worrying 62-4.
Opening pitcher Mark Adair returned the numbers with 3-38 in 8.5 overs, including a lbw dismissal from Brooks. In response, Ireland led 1-165 with 71 from captain Andy Balbini and 53 from Harry Teck.
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Balbirnie hit seven fours and one six, while Tector swept five boundaries and one six. However, once they landed within eight ball spaces, the required run rate climbed and the West Indies secured a crucial first win in the series on the qualifying route to the 2023 World Cup a part of.
Romario Shepherd finished 3-for-50, including a key wicket from Balbirnie, while Alzarri Joseph went 3-for-55.
Ireland’s problems were compounded when McBrin was hit in the helmet by debut fast bowler Odean Smith in the 16th inning. McBriny was 34 when he was forced to retire due to a concussion.
Ireland’s star opening batsman Paul Sterling and all-rounder Shane Gatket have both been ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19 in Florida, The ODI itinerary for their tour was abandoned. Simmisingh and Ben White were also ruled out after testing positive Friday night.
The West Indies have also been hit by the coronavirus, excluding Evan Lewis, Fabian Allen and Anderson Philip.
Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies’ leading scorer at last year’s T20 World Cup, was dropped for failing to meet fitness standards. Game 2 of the series will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.
- result: West Indies win by 24 points
- series: West Indies lead 1-0
- Second ODI: Sabina Park, January 11
- Third ODI: Sabina Park, January 14
- T20 International Only: Sabina Park, January 16