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Porterfield blitz can't deny Windies


William Porterfield, Ireland

William Porterfield, Ireland


William Porterfield, Ireland

IRELAND achieved the highly unusual feat of scoring 16 runs from one legitimate delivery in Jamaica but were still soundly beaten by the West Indies in a one-off one-day international.

West Indies chased down a total of 202 all out with four wickets and 13.2 overs to spare at Sabina Park.

The mega-scoring burst came at the start of the 12th over when Ed Joyce took a single off a no-ball, only for Miguel Cummins to over-step two further times, resulting in a total of three "free hits" for William Porterfield, who smashed two of them over the ropes for six.

Porterfield's luck ran out next ball when he was strangled down the leg-side for 25 and Ireland continued to lose wickets at regular intervals until a seventh-wicket stand of 61 between Gary Wilson and Stuart Thompson gave their effort some respectability. Wilson scrapped to 62 from 96 balls while Thompson meted out a few lusty blows in a promising 33.

Any hope of Ireland again stretching their opponents were blown away by an opening stand of 100 between Dwayne Smith and Kieran Powell.

Thompson took two wickets and spinners George Dockrell and Paul Stirling claimed one each but Ireland didn't have enough runs to pose a serious threat.

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