Friday 20 October 2017

Gayle rewrites history books with double century

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Chris Gayle was in unstoppable form in Canberra yesterday
Chris Gayle was in unstoppable form in Canberra yesterday

David Townsend

wHEN Andy McBrine tells his grandchildren about the time he bowled a maiden over to the mighty Chris Gayle, he will now be able to add "... and two games later he went out and smashed the highest score in the history of the World Cup".

Gayle, who struggled to 36 from 65 balls against spinner McBrine and the rest of the Ireland attack last week, was in unstoppable form in Canberra yesterday, making 215 against Zimbabwe - the first World Cup double century and the third highest score in a One-Day International.

After a relatively barren run and no ODI hundred since 2013, the laid-back 35-year-old Jamaican now has a unique collection - an international T20 century, an ODI double and a Test match triple.

"I've cut down on partying," he said afterwards, by way of explaining his improved form.

Gayle fell to the final ball of the innings, having equalled the ODI record of 16 sixes in an innings (he managed just one against Ireland) and having also set a record partnership for any wicket of 372 with Marlon Samuels, who was 133 not out.

A rain shower left Zimbabwe with a reduced target of 363 from 48 overs which the Africans made a decent fist of before falling short by 73 runs as Gayle followed up with a couple of wickets to complete his day.

The victory left the West Indies on two wins from three games and joint top of Pool B with India.

Ireland were hoping to join the leaders by beating the United Arab Emirates in their second group match in Brisbane overnight.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hamilton has accepted a two-year contract to coach the Ireland women's team and at youth levels, succeeding Trent Johnston.

Hamilton, a 36-year-old Australian, resigned as assistant coach of Western Fury in Perth to relocate to Dublin.

Irish Independent

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