Windies suffer historic series loss to Ireland

Ireland held on for a 2 wicket victory and a historic 2-1 series triumph over the West Indies following the third and deciding encounter at Sabina Park on Sunday.

After losing a third successive toss and being inserted to bat, the Caribbean side got off to a good start with the opening pair of Shai Hope and Justin Greaves putting on 73 for the opening stand before Hope eventually fell for a top score of 53.

But the West Indies would lose wickets at regular intervals before Jason Holder made 44 and cameos of 23 and 20 not out from Akeal Hosein and Odean Smith respectively pushed the Windies to 212 all out.

Andy McBrine was the pick of the Irish bowlers with 4-28, while Craig Young took 3-43.

The Irish couldn't have made a worse start, losing William Porterfield first ball. Stand-in captain Paul Stirling 44 and McBrine 59, combined to put on 73 for the second wicket to steady the ship.

Despite a few poor shots which gave the Windies a glimmer of hope, Ireland managed to hang on for the win with 31 balls remaining at 214-8.

Andy McBrine was named Player of the Series. The Windies now turn their attention to their first T20 against England beginning on Saturday in Barbados.



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