John Campbell’s Spectacular Innings

In what can only be described as a record opening, the ODI partnership of Shai Hope and John Campbell of 365 assisted the West Indies to earn a 196-run win in Clontarf over Ireland. Campbell had 179 runs and hope had 170, in total it was just five runs short of the ODI record set in 2015 by Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle, the Windies pair.

The Irish attack was constructed as Hope and Campbell hit 37 fours and eight sixes in the 381-3 West Indies total. The Irish side was out for 185 in 34.4, and the top-scorer was Kevin O’Brien with 68 and Ireland decided to put the Windies into bat had already backfired hugely.

England had a scare from the hosts on Friday, although their bowlers remained focus during their two-day Dublin experience and William Porterfield, the skipper of Ireland, opted to place the visiting team into bat. Again, this decision backfired, although it was Campbell who escaped from a run-out attempt, Records kept tumbling, and the openers managed to thrash the attack from the Irish.

Tim Murtagh typically the economical found himself on the receiving end of the opposition team’s punishment as he finished ten overs with 0-71. For the West Indies, it is the very first time to enjoy centuries, and that in the same game and the partnership became the largest first-partnership-wicket in the history of the ODI. They were on their way to smash the records set by Samuels and Gayle when the Irish skipper caught Campbell on the boundary. Barry McCarthy made hope his second victim in just four balls. The only bit of remote hope of fighting their way back into the contest for Ireland evaporated with the early dismissals of William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Lorcan Tucker, which left the hosts at 21-3.

Ireland regrouped and made it to 152-3 although Andrew Balbirnie also had to leave the field to go for a scan when he was hit on the head by Shannon Gabriel of the West Indies. Although, after hitting a six and seven fours and the O’Brien dismissal the Irish innings folded as they lost their seven wickets in the final in 7.4 overs. Ashley Nurse finished with 4-51 and Gabriel had three wickets, and that included the dismissal of Balbirnie.

The West Indies will now be back in the Tri-Nation series action when facing Bangladesh. This Tri-Nation game takes place at Malahide. The team from Ireland faced the Tigers. It was a slow performance by the batsmen of the tigers, and Bangladesh suffered a lost by 88 runs in their practice match against the Wolves of Ireland at the Hills Cricket Club. The top scorer was James McCollum with a score of 102 from 109 deliveries. The most successful bowler from Bangladesh was Taskin Ahmed with his return of 3/66, while Rubel Hossain had 63 runs. The regular caption Mashrafe bin Mortaza rested while Shakib led the side.

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