On the ground where an enterprising Ireland first shook the cricketing world from its complacent slumber, William Porterfield-led side downed World T20 champions by 6 wickets on Wednesday. The Caribbeans were rusty, but that should take nothing away from the minnows whose ability to punch above their weight is bound to make them a handful opposition in World T20, due next month.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first at Sabina Park, Kingston, the West Indies managed just 116 off their 20 overs. Though Dwayne Smith hit a six in each of Stirling’s opening overs, the Caribbeans could never really get rid of the stifling Irish bowling.
Tim Murtagh removed Smith, caught in the deep hitting to leg, and Gayle then chipped Alex Cusack to long-on for a subdued 18 off 19 balls on his return from injury. That turned out to be the highest score of the innings, as Ireland kept a lid on the hosts for the duration.
At the halfway stage, West Indies were 58 for 2, and it got worse when George Dockrell had another big hitter, Marlon Samuels, stumped