CAVE HILL, Barbados – Half-centuries from West Indies left-hander Darren Bravo and uncapped Justin Greaves carried the CWI President’s XI to a three-wicket victory over Ireland in their tour match on Saturday.
Bravo cracked 70 from 62 balls and Greaves 70 from 67 balls, as the President’s XI successfully chased 276 for victory in the 50 overs-a-side match at the Three Ws Oval.
Bravo and Greaves shared 61 for the fourth wicket to put the President’s XI on course for victory, after they restricted the Irish to 275 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs.
Greaves followed up with a fifth-wicket stand of 56 with Joshua Da Silva to keep the President’s XI on track.
When Da Silva was dismissed, the President’s XI needed 42 from the final 48 balls and Greaves added a further 35 for the seventh wicket with Romario Shepherd before his dismissal with seven needed.
Earlier, Gareth Delany scored 60 from 78 balls and led consistent batting down the order for Ireland.
Delany shared 71 for the third wicket with Andrew Balbirnie and there was a stand of 74 between William Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien for the fourth wicket, as several Irish batsmen got starts, but failed to carry on.
Spinner Yannick Ottley was the most successful President’s XI bowler, taking 3-46 from 10 overs, and Akeem Jordan took 2-59 from 10 overs.
The match was preparation for the visitors ahead of the Colonial Medical Insurance One-day International Series against West Indies which comprises matches this coming Tuesday and Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and next Sunday at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.
Ticket sales in Barbados started last Thursday at the official ticket booth at Kensington Oval from 9 am daily.
Fans can buy tickets starting at US$15 (BDS$30) for standard seating and US$25 (BDS$50) for premium seating.
Ticket sales in Grenada for the third ODI and the first Sandals Resorts Twenty20 International which will be played on Wednesday, January 15, also at the National Cricket Stadium, begin this coming Monday.
Fans can also make their online ticket purchases through the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” button.
Tickets for children aged 12 and under are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. Senior citizens – aged 60-plus – on presentation of a form of national photo identification at local box offices are also eligible for FREE tickets while stocks last for all matches.
IRELAND 275 for nine off 50 overs (Gareth Delany 60, Kevin O’Brien 43, Andrew Balbirnie 40, William Porterfield 36, Lorcan Tucker 35; Yannick Ottley 3-46, Akeem Jordan 2-59)
PRESIDENT’S XI 278 for seven off 46.4 overs (Darren Bravo 70, Justin Greaves 70, Brandon King 45; Kevin O’Brien 2-23, Mark Adair 2-60)
Source: CWI Media