Ireland win Seals series against West Indies
Andy McBrine and Harry Tector both reached half a century as Ireland beat the West Indies by two wickets to seal victory in their three-game one-day international series.
After losing the opener by 24 runs, Ireland won the rescheduled second clash by five wickets to make the series a decider, with the visitors activating the style to secure victory for Kingston with 31 balls to spare.
Things had started well for the West Indies as Shai Hope hit 53 from just 39 in the top of the innings after Ireland won the coin toss and opted to field.
But he fell to Craig Young, with the hosts losing three wickets to just four runs as the midfield order failed to take over the proceedings.
Jason Holder secured a competitive score with an impressive 44 before being exhausted, with West Indies posting a total of 212 all out – Odean Smith unbeaten on 20 out of 10 balls.
Ireland could not have had a more contrasting start as William Porterfield was out on the first ball of the answer, caught by Alzarri Joseph’s bowling Akeal Hosein.
Captain Paul Sterling (44) made 73 runs with McBrine before being trapped lbw by Hosein – but then McBrine and Tector got to work, the pair shining once more to add 79 for the third wicket.
McBrine (59) and Tector (52) would eventually go down and there was a wobble from the tourists with no one else scoring more than 11 – but they still had enough to cross the line as Young found the boundary to score the winning points.
Afterwards, series player Andy McBrine said: “It means a lot to the team – the last three to four weeks have not been easy for us, but there is still a fighting spirit in us and we have shown it. today.
“There was a nice rotation on the pitch today – I just had to change my lengths and keep it as simple as possible and force them to make mistakes – and that happened in the last three games.
“I had a little trouble getting my timing with the bat, I just put it down and waited for my ball as much as I could. Harry and I kept it simple, we were always on the ball. Above the required pace, so I didn’t need to fall into anything we didn’t need.
“Series player means a lot personally, but first I try to bring what I can to the team.”