West Indies vs. Ireland, 1st T20: Scorecard, Report and More

Ireland's Tim Murtagh, left, reacts with James Shannon, centre, and Trent Johnston, right, after Murtagh caught out Pakistan's Nasir Jamshaid during their One Day Cricket International at Clontarf Cricket Club, Dublin, Ireland, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 19, 2014

Ireland stunned the West Indies in the first of two Twenty20 clashes at Sabina Park, winning by six wickets and with five balls to spare.

It was a fine performance and an unexpected one. They have been in the Caribbean building up to this series and suffered defeats at the hands of Guyana and Jamaica along the way. But when the time came on to take the World T20 champions, they raised their game.

The hosts chose to bat first, but nobody managed a score of significance—with Chris Gayle's 18 the highest score from a poor total of 116-8.

In response, Ed Joyce led the way with 40 not out and played with caution, but keeping in control of the target throughout.

West Indies vs. Ireland, 1st T20 Scorecard
West Indies Innings
Smith c Sorensen b Murtagh 14 50 13
Gayle c Dockrell b Cusack 18 51 19
Samuels c Wilson b Dockrell 16 4 17
Simmons c Thompson b Cusack 16 10 23
Dwayne Bravo c K O'Brien b Sorensen 8 6 14
Russell b Murtagh 15 11 15
Sammy b K O'Brien 7 25 8
Ramdin c Wilson b K O'Brien 4 2
Narine not out 6 2 6
Badree not out 3 3
Extras 0nb 7w 0b 2lb 9
Total for 8 116 (20.0 ovs)
Stirling 2.0 0 14 0
Sorensen 4.0 0 23 1
Murtagh 4.0 0 28 2
Cusack 4.0 0 17 2
K O'Brien 2.0 0 17 2
Dockrell 4.0 0 15 1
Ireland Innings
Porterfield lbw b Badree 45 4
Stirling c Russell b Rampaul 0 2 2
Joyce not out 40 56 49
Wilson b Badree 18 3 18
Poynter b Narine 32 33 30
K O'Brien not out 15 16 12
Extras 0nb 3w 0b 5lb 8
Total for 4 117 (19.1 ovs)
Badree 4.0 0 18 2
Rampaul 3.1 0 27 1
Narine 4.0 0 16 1
Sammy 3.0 0 16 0
Samuels 1.0 0 7 0
Dwayne Bravo 3.0 0 21 0
Russell 1.0 0 7 0

The sides will clash again at the same venue in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night, with the West Indies needing to save face as well as the series.

It was a team effort from Ireland with their bowling attack contributing to stifle the firepower of the Windies

Spinner George Dockrell managed economical figures of 1-15, while Tim Murtagh, Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien each prised out two wickets.

There was no respite, no partnerships and no daunting total.

Ireland were rocked—they fell to 8-2 in eight deliveries, with William Porterfield and Paul Stirling, but it simply brought Joyce to the middle to restore calm.

Gary Wilson and Andrew Poynter were happy to play around him, while O'Brien was on hand to knock off the winning runs.

Ireland, on the fringes of elite-level cricket, continue to impress and have given themselves a huge boost with the World T20 in Bangladesh now just a month away.

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