3rd February 2014
When the Sawdust Settles – match reviews
Nagico Super50 Tournament – 5th Match
Zone A: Ireland v Jamaica, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Ireland 161 lost to Jamaica 166-4 by 6 wickets
Ireland’s pitiful performance in their opening game was not to be forgotten and banished with a return to form. Winning the toss and batting, they became the first side in the competition not to take advantage of their good fortune, and succumbed tamely.
It had begun promisingly, the first wicket not falling until the 15th over when skipper, Porterfield (25) was caught behind with the score on 54. But from there the innings atrophied, and with the run rate plummeting against another miserly spell from Tamar Lambert (10-0-27-2), wickets tumbled regularly.
From 100-2 in the 30th, the last 8 wickets fell away for only another 61 in 16 and a bit overs. A return to form by Man of the Match, Andre Russell (8-0-19-3), demoted from taking the new ball and coming on 4th change, hastened the demise; and former West Indies opening bowler, Jerome Taylor, making a return to big-time cricket, picked up cheap late wickets to finish with 3-33.
A target at a touch over 3 an over was not likely to stretch Jamaica, and they won with ease with a whole 21 overs still up their sleeves. John Campbell made a pleasing 71, and was only bowled when the Jamaicans were 9 short of their victory target.
Once again the Irish were shocking. Their batting was flimsy, but their bowling was worse and their fielding was simply dreadful. There seemed little excuse for their ineptitude in the field, as fumbles were made and catches dropped.
On the evidence of their 2 games thus far they would not be worthy of being granted entry to the Caribbean Regional 4-day competition, let alone deserve Test Match status.
They play the West Indies in 3 limited overs matches later this month, and they simply must improve considerably, otherwise they will be taking a serious backward step in achieving their further international aspirations.
To read ESPN Cricinfo’s match report, click here.
And to watch brief highlights of the game, click here.