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Rovman Powell of The West Indies celebrates his century during The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier between The West Indies and Ireland at The Harare Sports Club on March 10, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe (©ICC).
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Rovman Powell hits maiden hundred to rescue Windies and sink Ireland

WI v Ire, CWCQ Match 13, report

Powell and Holder lead Windies from 83/5 to a match-winning 257-run total, as Roach and Williams take four apiece.


Rovman Powell struck a stunning maiden ODI century under pressure and Jason Holder spearheaded his second consecutive recovery effort to help the Windies to a third straight win that confirms their place in the Super Sixes.

The duo guided Windies to 257/8 in 50 overs after they had been 83/5 in their Group A match, before four wickets apiece for Kemar Roach (4/27 from 10) and Kesrick Williams (4/43 from 8.2) handed Holder’s team a 52-run victory.

The Irish reply got off to a bad start with each of the top three (William Porterfield 0; Paul Stirling 18; Andy Balbirnie 9) out early to leave them 32/3 from 11 overs. Ed Joyce (63), Niall O’Brien (34), Kevin O’Brien (38) and Gary Wilson (18) each made contributions but none kicked on and with the run-rate creeping up, they collapsed from 166/5 to 205 all out as Windies’ lower-order rally continued to pay dividends.

And what a rally it had been. Holder and Powell added 86 for the sixth wicket after Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin and Andy McBrine had reduced Windies to 83/5, and 24-year-old Powell eventually kicked on to a fantastic 100-ball 101 from No.7 – his maiden ODI century.

Ireland bowlers sent back the Windies openers early
Ireland bowlers sent back the Windies openers early

Powell, who took his time to kick on, hit out at the death, striking seven sixes and as many fours in a memorable knock to lift his team out of trouble.

Ireland had won a good toss and put Windies in. Their decision to open the bowling with a combination of McBrine’s spin and Murtagh’s pace kept the explosive first-wicket pair of Chris Gayle (14) and Evin Lewis (9) quiet.

Rankin got a breakthrough in his first over, getting Lewis to hit to McBrine to point.

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CWCQ: Jason Holder bring up his 50 with a towering six!

Murtagh, who had been taken for a straight six by Gayle, was rewarded for keeping up the pressure, with the left-hander nicking behind for a sedate 28-ball 14.

Neither Marlon Samuels nor Shai Hope stuck around to get beyond single-digit scores, with Samuels nicking another Murtagh delivery, while Shimron Hetmyer threw away a promising start.

With half of the Windies line-up back in the hutch inside 20 overs, Holder, who had rescued his side from a similar situation two days before against PNG, had the responsibility to rebuild again. He made the most of a dropped catch by Paul Stirling and survived a run-out chance as the pressure was transferred back onto the Irish fielders.

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CWCQ Wicket: Chris Gayle

He brought up his half-century in 70 balls with a towering leg-side six, but fell the very next ball, top-edging Murtagh as William Porterfield held on to a skyer.

Powell, though, stayed to finish what he had started. Having taken 50 deliveries to get his first 20 runs, he brought up a patient half-century and then shifted up a gear.

His hundred came with another massive six into the press box window. It was the best score by a Windies No.7 and pushed his side up to a match-winning score – and, in the process, a strong position in the tournament.

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