Pollard Frustrated After Ireland Defeat

Romario Shepherd
Romario Shepherd goes on the attack during his maiden ODI half-century against Ireland on Thursday.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard displayed his frustration with his team’s performance after they suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system on Thursday at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica.

The win was a series leveler (1-1) for an Ireland squad struggling with several COVID-19 positives over the last week, which now sets up a decisive series finale for this Sunday.

The West Indies skipper said his team needs to take stock as he explains his exasperation with their performance. “We need to take stock. There are no amount of words and excuses you can use to come and try and perform on the international stage.”

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“As I said before, our techniques would be tested and two games out of two, we’ve found ourselves inside the first 20 overs, four wickets down,”

“We spoke about how we wanted to combat that, and we found ourselves in the same position, so individuals need to find a way Pollard lamented.

West Indies collapsed

 Sent in at Sabina Park in the rescheduled second contest, West Indies collapsed to 111 for seven in the 34th over before Romario Shepherd produced one of two sensational late cameos with 50 off 41 deliveries, to propel them to 229 all out off 48 overs.

Odean Smith matched him with an audacious 19-ball 46, with the pair putting on a rollicking 58 off 27 deliveries for the ninth wicket.

In reply, however, Ireland were guided by Harry Tector’s unbeaten 54 off 75 deliveries, the right-hander completing his second successive half-century of the series with four fours and a six.

Rain forced a near 1-½ hour long delay at 157 for four in the 32nd over and when play resumed, the revised target of 168 from 36 overs left Ireland requiring only 11 runs from 28 balls, and they overhauled their target with George Dockrell (5) the only casualty.

Seamer Craig Young (3-42) had earlier wiped out the West Indies top order, Shai Hope (17) caught at the wicket on review, Justin Greaves losing his off-stump for ten and Nicholas Pooran lbw for one, also courtesy of DRS.

Stumbling on 43 for three in the 14th, in-form Shamarh Brooks arrived to stroke 43 off 64 balls with five fours, adding 48 for the fourth wicket with Roston Chase (11), to steady the innings.

When Brooks missed a sweep at left-arm spinner Dockrell to be adjudged lbw in the 34th over, four wickets tumbled for 20 runs in quick time as off-spinner Andy McBrine (4-36) ripped through the middle order, leaving the hosts staring at their lowest-ever total against Ireland.

Entering at number nine, Shepherd belted seven fours while Smith, playing at his home venue in only his second ODI, smote two fours and five giant sixes at number 10, as West Indies gathered 96 runs from the last nine overs of the innings.

Shepherd also put on 32 for the eighth wicket with Akeal Hosein (11) and a further 28 for the last wicket with Alzarri Joseph (four not out).

Ireland were then given a decent start by William Porterfield (26) who put on 37 for the first wicket with Stirling (21).

But it was Tector who put Ireland ahead of the run chase by anchoring two key stands, posting 44 for the third wicket with McBrine (35) before adding a further 53 for the fourth wicket with Curtis Campher (12). (CMC)