Shamarh Brooks hits 93 as West Indies beats Ireland in first ODI

Shamarh Brooks and Kieron Pollard hit half-centuries in West Indies’ 24-run win at Sabina Park.

FILE PHOTO: The contest against Ireland was Shamarh Brooks’ ODI debut.   -  AP

Shamarh Brooks, making his ODI debut at the age of 33, top-scored with 93 as West Indies defeated Ireland by 24 runs in the first match of a three-game series at Sabina Park on Saturday.

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The West Indies made 269 after being put into bat before Ireland collapsed from 165 for 1 to 245 all out in reply.

Brooks, whose late development as an international cricketer meant the Barbados batter was already 29 when he made his Test debut, hit nine boundaries and three sixes in his 89-ball stay. Captain Kieron Pollard smashed 69 with four boundaries and four sixes in a 155-run fifth-wicket partnership with Brooks.

Three of those sixes came off successive balls in the 37th over bowled by Andy McBrine as the pair rescued their team from a worrying 62 for 4.

Opening bowler Mark Adair returned figures of 3 for 38 off 8.5 overs including the lbw dismissal of Brooks. In reply, the Irish were well-set at 165 for 1 with captain Andy Balbirnie making 71 and Harry Tector contributing 53.

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Balbirnie hit seven fours and a six while Tector swept five boundaries and one six. However, once they fell in the space of eight balls, the required run-rate crept up and the West Indies claimed a key opening victory in a series which forms part of the qualifying route to the 2023 World Cup.

Romario Shepherd finished with 3 for 50, including the key wicket of Balbirnie, while Alzarri Joseph claimed 3 for 55.

Ireland's problems were compounded by McBrine getting hit on the helmet by debutant fast bowler Odean Smith in the 16th over. McBrine had made 34 when he was forced to retire with concussion.

Ireland's star opening batsman Paul Stirling and all-rounder Shane Getkate were both ruled out of the game having tested positive for Covid-19 in Florida where the ODI leg of their tour was abandoned. Simi Singh and Ben White were also sidelined after testing positive on Friday night.

West Indies was also hit by Covid which ruled out Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen and Anderson Phillip.

Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies' leading run-scorer at the T20 World Cup last year, was dropped for failing to meet fitness standards. The second match of the series takes place at the same venue on Tuesday.

  • Result: West Indies won by 24 runs
  • Series: West Indies lead 1-0

  • 2nd ODI: Sabina Park, Jan 11
  • 3rd ODI: Sabina Park, Jan 14
  • Only T20 International: Sabina Park, Jan 16

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