Cricket: Ireland earn peer respect
Published 02/05/2010 | 05:00
Ireland's cricketers crashed to earth on Friday night as the West Indies' bowlers roared through the top order, but it was still an impressive performance in the field.
George Dockrell, the 17-year-old left arm spinner, bowled like an old pro to take three fine wickets for a paltry 16 runs in his four over spell, and he was backed up by the ever reliable Andre Botha. The West Indies were rattled, heads bowed and faces grim, but a late rally restored their good spirits and set up the counter-attack.
While Ireland will be shattered by their batting collapse, the team can draw some solace from the manner in which the West Indies celebrated each wicket, and especially the early dismissal of Niall O'Brien. Ireland lost, but the team is being treated with respect.
Next up are England and a chance for redemption. Once again, the gap in quality and experience may prove too wide but there will be no doubting the spirit, determination and skill of this Irish team.