Nightmare start for WI - Ireland cruise to four-wicket win in World Cup surprise
NELSON, New Zealand (AP):
The Cricket World Cup witnessed its first major upset when second-tier 'associate nation' Ireland claimed a dominant four-wicket win over two-time champions the West Indies yesterday.
Paul Stirling fell eight runs short of his century, as Ireland raced to 307-6 to easily overhaul the West Indies' 304-7 with 25 balls to spare in the only game of the day.
Stirling ignored the ball that clattered into his visor early in his innings to smash nine boundaries and three sixes, as Ireland became the first team at the so far tournament to win while batting second.
unbeaten 79 from 60
Niall O'Brien made an unbeaten 79 from 60 balls to complete the win, holding his composure during a late flurry of wickets that saw Ireland slip from 273-2 to 291-6 and set Irish hearts racing.
"It's obviously fantastic," Ireland captain William Porterfield said. "The way we set about chasing those runs was great, and it sets us up now for the next few games. It's a great position to be in.
"The self-belief has been growing in the squad for a long time, and we thoroughly believed when we went out on the pitch today that we were capable of winning this game, and not only this game, other games in the competition, and we've just got to continue that now throughout the tournament."
Stirling and Joyce were members of the Ireland team that beat England in a famous upset at the 2011 World Cup, building on Ireland's giant-killing reputation, which had been forged when they beat Pakistan during their first World Cup appearance in 2007, back in the West Indies.
There have been only six occasions in 11 World Cups in which a team has won chasing more than 300, and three of those victories belong to Ireland.
The match marked the first appearance at this tournament of an associate team - one of cricket's non Test-playing nations - and delivered a stern rebuke to the International Cricket Council, which will attempt to shut those teams out of the next World Cup by limiting entry to 10 teams.
Another associate nation bowed into action, as Scotland challenged co-hosts New Zealand in Dunedin, New Zealand.
"Obviously putting 300 runs on the board, we backed ourselves to defend it, but we didn't bowl well enough today," West Indies captain Jason Holder said
D Smith c Mooney b K O'Brien 18
C Gayle c K O'Brien b Dockrell 36
D Bravo run out 0
M Samuels lbw b Dockrell 21
+D Ramdin lbw b Dockrell 1
L Simmons c Dockrell b Sorensen 102
D Sammy c Dockrell b Mooney 89
A Russell not out 27
*J Holder not out 0
Extras: (lb1, w9) 10
Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 304
Did not bat: K Roach, J Taylor
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Smith, 7.3 overs), 2-31 (Bravo, 8), 3-78 (Gayle, 21.2), 4-78 (Samuels, 21.4), 5-87 (Ramdin, 23.3), 6-241 (Sammy, 44.4), 7-302 (Simmons, 49.5)
Bowling: Mooney 7-1-59-1 (w3), Sorenson 8-0-64-1 (w1), McBrine 10-1-26-0, K O'Brien 9-0-71-1 (w3), Dockrell 10-0-50-3 (w1), Stirling 6-0-33-0 (w1).
*W Porterfield c wkp Ramdin b Gayle 23
P Stirling c wkp Ramdin b Samuels 92
E Joyce c Bravo b Taylor 84
N O'Brien not out 79
A Balbirnie c Bravo b Taylor 9
+G Wilson c Gayle b Taylor 1
K O'Brien run out 0
J Mooney not out 6
Extras: (b4, w9) 13
Total: (6 wkts, 45.5 overs) 307
Did not bat: M Sorensen, G Dockrell, A McBrine
Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Porterfield, 13.3 overs), 2-177 (Stirling, 27.5), 3-273 (Joyce, 39.2), 4-285 (Balbirnie, 41.3), 5-290 (Wilson, 43.5), 6-291 (KJ O'Brien, 44.1)
Bowling: Holder 9-1-44-0 (w2), Roach 6-0-52-0, Taylor 8.5-0-71-3 (w1), Russell 6-0-33-0 (w1), Gayle 8-0-41-1, Sammy 3-0-25-0, Samuels 4-0-25-1, Simmons 1-0-12-0.
Result: Ireland won by four wickets.
Points: Ireland 2, West Indies 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Paul Stirling.
Umpires: R Illingworth, B Oxenford; TV - C Gaffaney.