Thursday 18 January 2018

Cricket: Stirling effort lifts tourists

Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling made impressive half-centuries as Ireland battled to a respectable 219 all out in their one-day international against the West Indies in Jamaica.

After skipper William Porterfield had fallen early on his 100th appearance for Ireland, 19-year-old opener Stirling again underlined his potential with a first half-century against a Test-playing side. The 19-year-old from Belfast, who will follow Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan by playing for Middlesex this summer, was finally run out for 51 off 83 balls.

Niall O'Brien fell for 49 and after a mid-innings wobble reduced the tourists to 151-6, his younger brother Kevin ensured Ireland posted a competitive total.

Two booming sixes sped the all-rounder to 54 from only 51 balls before he was bowled in the 48th over -- only three more runs were added.

The West Indies, missing a clutch of Indian Premier League stars, slumped to 1-2 in reply, with Peter Connell removing danger-man Shiv Chanderpaul for a duck and Trent Johnston getting rid of Andre Fletcher.

Irish Independent

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