Simmons’ ton in vain as Ireland beats WIndies


NELSON, NEW ZEALAND: Ireland defeated former world champions West Indies by four wickets in their Cricket World Cup match at Nelson on Monday, ARY Sports reports.

Irish captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field in the match.

West Indies put up 304/7 thanks to a 102 run knock by Lendl Simmons and 89 runs by Darren Sammy.

Hard hitting opener Chris Gayle scored 36 runs from 65 balls.

Irish bowler George Dockrell took three wickets in his 10 overs whereas John Mooney, Max Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien took one wicket each in the match.

However, Simmons’ ton went in vain as the Irish side reached the target in 45.5 overs.

Opener Ryan Stirling scored 92(84) which included nine boundaries and three sixes. Ed Joyce made 84 from 67 balls.

Niall O’Brien contributed 79 for his side with the help of 11 boundaries.

Windies pacer Jerome Taylor took three wickets for 78 in his 8.1 overs while Gayle and Marlon Samuels shared one wicket each.

Stirling was named Man of the Match due to his performance with the bat