CRICKET: West Indies suffer shock defeat against Ireland
Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
West Indies lost to Ireland by six wickets in their first Twenty20 International at Sabina Park in Kingston today.
The Jamaican pair of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels failed on their return from injuries as the West Indies, electing to bat, were restricted to 116 for eight.
Gayle top scored for the West Indies with 18 from 19 balls, while Samuels hit 16 from 17 deliveries.
Needing 117 for victory, Ireland reached the victory target in the final over.
The Irish ended on 117 for four off 19 point 1 overs.
Samuel Badree was the best bowler for West Indies with two for 18 from his allotted four overs, while Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine picked up a wicket a piece.
Ed Joyce led Ireland to the victory with an unbeaten 40 from 49 balls.
West Indies are hosting Ireland for two Twenty20s and a One-Day International.
The second and final Twenty20 is on Friday and the lone One-Day International on Saturday.
Both teams are using the three-match limited over series as preparation for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
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