Eire beat double champion West Indies to advance to T20 Global Cup

Veteran rookie Paul Stirling scored an unbeaten 66 as Eire complex to the Twenty20 Global Cup Tremendous 12 on Friday and despatched two-time West Indies champions into destroy.

Disciplined bowling capped the Caribbean staff at 146-5 and Gareth Delaney took a career-best 3-16 sooner than the Irish rushed to their purpose, shedding only one wicket with 15 spares in Hobart.

Sterling, 32, in his 7th Global Championship, at the side of captain Andy Balbirni, had a dizzying 73-run beginning stance to reinforce Eire’s run chase.

The overall Tremendous 12 slot can be made up our minds afterward Friday when Zimbabwe faces Scotland.

“It approach the whole thing. Closing yr we suffered an unlucky defeat on the similar degree,” Balbirni stated.

“Dropping the primary sport after which coming again and beating a two-time champion in a sport that must be gained… there simply could not be extra pleasure. Lovely emotional finishing to the sport.”

The West Indies gained the event in 2012 and 2016 however got here to Australia with a brand new staff after Chris Gale, Duane Bravo and Kieron Pollard retired and Andre Russell went not noted.

They stumbled onerous of their first fit in opposition to Scotland, dropping 42 runs sooner than bouncing again and beating Zimbabwe decisively.

However the Irish, who’re enjoying of their 7th consecutive Global Cup and feature most effective long gone past the primary spherical as soon as, in 2009, are up in opposition to a wall once more.

“It is difficult, we did not shine in any respect on this event,” stated West Indies skipper Nicholas Puran.

“It is a helpful revel in for us. We’ve got dissatisfied our fanatics and ourselves. It for sure hurts.”

On a project
After the West Indies gained the toss and batted on the breezy Bellerive Oval in Hobart, the Irish bowlers despatched out 9 spot balls amongst their first 15.

In desperation, Kyle Myers rushed to a pitch from Barry McCarthy and was once stuck through Harry Tector midway via.

Bad Johnson Charles beat Curtis Kamfer 4-4-6, however his success ran out within the subsequent over, and Kamfer was once 24 issues transparent of spinner Simi Singh.

Brandon King misplaced two balls later and made probably the most of it, breaking 4 limitations to take the West Indies to 67-2 midway via.

Evin Lewis was once handled for a hamstring downside and dropped out for 13 quickly after, finishing a 44-run partnership.

Puran (13) and Rowman Powell (6) did not ultimate for much longer as King (62 now not eradicated) did his perfect to push the scoreboard ahead.

In reaction, Eire were given off to an ideal get started with Sterling and Balbirni, finishing the problem through hitting 54 over the primary 5 overs with 8 limitations, 4 of which have been sixes.

Akil Hossein’s spin in any case gave the West Indies a breakout within the 8th over when Myers stuck Balbirni after a leisure 37 of 23 to finish the decisive first publish.

Working pace dropped, however Stirling at his 177th world stored going and reached his twenty first T20 half-century with every other frontier, and with Lorcan Tucker (45 now not eradicated) noticed them house.

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