By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sun. Jan. 16, 2022: The West Indies has lost its series to Ireland as the beleaguered side suffered a disappointing two-wicket defeat in the third One-Day International at Sabina Park in Jamaica Sunday.
The defeat was only their third in ODIs to Ireland and marked their first-ever series loss to their number 12-ranked opponents.
Captain Kieron Pollard described the series defeat to Ireland as a “bitter pill to swallow.”
“It’s very, very disappointing. It’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Pollard said following the loss. “I think overall when you look back over the latter part of 2021 and throughout 2021 into 2022, I think overall we have a batting problem in the Caribbean in getting runs on the board. We can’t hide from that. The quality we have we’re trying to work with but in all honesty, I don’t think we’ve been up to standard within the last few months.”
West Indies won the opening ODI by 24 runs but needed a late burst from their bowlers in order to peg Ireland back to 245, after they were well placed at 165 for one in pursuit of 269.
Subsequently hit by three COVID-19 cases which ruled out two key players for the second ODI, Ireland still found the tenacity to level the series with a five-wicket victory in a rain-marred affair on Thursday.
On Sunday, the Irish won again. Set 213 for victory in the decisive third ODI at Sabina Park, Ireland got 59 from Player-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Series Andy McBrine and 52 from Harry Tector, while stand-in captain Paul Stirling chipped in with a breezy 44.
For West Indies, ranked eighth in the world, the defeat was their seventh in 12 outings over the last 13 months, and their sixth series loss in their last ten tours.
CRICKET-WIS/IRE-RESULT Ireland beat West Indies by two wickets – 3rd ODI
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 16, CMC – Ireland defeated West Indies by two wickets in the third One-Day International at Sabina Park here Sunday.
WEST INDIES 212 all out off 44.4 overs (Shai Hope 53, Jason Holder 44, Akeal Hosein 23; Andy McBrine 4-28, Craig Young 3-43)
IRELAND 214 for eight off 44.5 overs (Andy McBrine 59, Harry Tector 52, Paul Stirling 44; Roston Chase 3-44, Akeal Hosein 3-53)
The losses come as they get ready to face England in Barbados.
England Series at Kensington Oval, Barbados
January 22: 1st T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 23: 2nd T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 26: 3rd T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 29: 4th T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)
January 30: 5th T20I (4pm local time/3pm Jamaica)