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Ireland level ODI series against West Indies

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Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith show their prowess but Ireland level the CG Insurance ODI Series. (Photo: Windies Cricket)

Harry Tector scored an unbeaten half-century as Ireland defeated the West Indies by five wickets via Duckworth/Lewis in the rain-interrupted ODI at Sabina Park on Thursday to level their three-game series at one game apiece.

Chasing 230 for victory, Ireland reached 168-5 from 32.3 overs after Ireland’s innings was reduced to 36 overs following the extended interruption by rain.

Man of the Match Andy McBrine was instrumental to the victory scoring 35 to follow up on his 4-35 that helped restrict the West Indies to 229 all out.

It was Craig Young, though, that set the pace for Ireland removing Justin Greaves, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran to have the West Indies in early strife on 43-3 in the 14th over.

A 48-run partnership between Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase, briefly got the West Indies back on track before McBrine accounted for the wickets of Chase for 13 and then Kieron Pollard for one as the West Indies slipped to 93-5.

It was soon 111-7, but a 58-run ninth-wicket partnership between Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith lifted the side and took the total past 200. Smith hit five sixes and two fours in an aggressive 19-ball 46, while Shepherd scored a 41-ball 50.

McBrine picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Shepherd, who was the last man out.

Young finished with 3-42 while Josh Little ended with 2-40.

Ireland got off to a fast start as William Porterfield and Paul Stirling shared in an opening stand of 37 in five overs. The partnership was broken when Akeal Hosein has Stirling caught at slip for a 15-ball 21. Porterfield fell shortly thereafter to Chase for 26 to leave Ireland on 60-2.

However, Tector scored his fifty in 69 deliveries while McBrine contributed 35 before he was third out with the score on 104. Ireland would lose Curtis Campher for 12 after he and Tector added 53 for the fourth wicket but then the rains came shortly after, which brought the target down to 168 in 36 overs.

Needing 11 runs from the remaining 28 balls, Ireland eased to victory while losing George Dockrell for five. Tector remained unbeaten on 54 off 75 balls.

Play in the second One-Day International between the touring Irish and West Indies was stopped due to rain. Ireland won the ODI by five wickets via D/L. (Photo: Facebook @WindiesCricket)

Akeal Hosein was the best of the West Indies bowlers taking 2-52 while Romario Shepherd took 1-12. Kieron Pollard and Chase each took one wicket.

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