Hot Sarwan strikes again
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Ramnaresh Sarwan was again in fine form, scoring 52 runs to lead the West Indies to a 16-run win over Ireland, in their rain-shortened match - the final one - of the 2010 Supreme Ventures Sports Betting (SVSB) Jamaica Cricket association Festival, at Sabina Park yesterday.
Sarwan, who last week netted unbeaten scores of 47 and 100, topscored in the West Indies' 152 for four off 15 overs. In reply, Ireland fell short at 136 for seven.
The match, reduced from a Twenty20 affair was attended by a fair and enthusiastic crowd, and started at 3 p.m.
Wavell Hinds, 38, Andre Fletcher, 27, and stand-in captain Darren Sammy, who chipped in with 19 not out towards the end, were the other main scorers.
Ireland, in their reply saw Trent Johnston scoring 39 and captain William Porterfield 25, against pacer Ravi Rampaul, who claimed 3-26.
The victory was the West Indies' sixth in as many games in the Festival and according to Sammy, they offered ideal practice for the team heading into this month's ICC World Twenty20 championship.
The championship, which will be staged in Guyana, Barbados and St Lucia, will start on April 30 and end on May 16.
"Congratulations to the Jamaica Cricket Association, it (the Festival) was exactly what we needed heading into the championship," said Sammy.
"It has helped us to look at where we are and has made us more confident as a unit. We now look forward to the return of Christopher Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Kemar Roach from the Indian Premier League to bolster as we seek to make the region proud," he added.
Porterfield said although they failed to beat the West Indies in four tries, including three Twenty20s, they learnt a lot.
"It was a great Festival for us as with each match we have been improving. We will now spend the next few weeks trying to correct some more of weaknesses and hopefully we can get it right at the World Twenty20," said Porterfield.
The West Indies will meet Ireland in their Group D opening game for the World Twenty20 before going up against the group's other team England two days later in Guyana.