Monday 22 January 2018

Cricket: Russell ton stuns Irish

Paul Stirling scored a creditable 65. Photo: PA
Paul Stirling scored a creditable 65. Photo: PA

cricket: A fine opening partnership from Jamaica's batsmen left Ireland on the back foot during day three of their Jamaica Cricket Festival clash at Chedwin Park.

Having closed the second day on 275-9, Ireland failed to add to their score as Andre Russell finished off their resistance to finish with an impressive haul of four for 41

West Indies youth player, Akeem Dewar had earlier ripped through most of the Irish middle order to bag four for 81 in his maiden First Class match.

Paul Stirling (65) and Niall O'Brien (62) did well to remove thoughts of an Irish collapse, posting a 108 run partnership for the second wicket, before Russell got the scalp of Stirling when he diverted a straight drive of O'Brien's onto the stumps of the unlucky Stirling.

Ireland trailed by 64 runs after the first innings and, needing a strong start to day three, they were instead forced onto the back foot as opening pair Brenton Parchment and Danza Hyatt racked up 100 runs before the latter was caught by Niall O'Brien off the bowling of Andre Botha.

Ireland's hopes were briefly revived later in the afternoon when they took three wickets for one run in the space of just seven balls with Gary Kidd recording a brace.

However, Russell led a counter-attack from the home side as he smashed the Irish bowlers to all parts hitting 108 from just 65 balls the Jamaicans declared on 315-7, a lead of 378

Irish Independent

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