One of the ICC’s Associate teams, Ireland stunned the Caribbeans in both the teams’ first match of the campaign on Monday.
Ireland comprehensively beat West Indies by four wickets. Ireland’s Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and wicket-keeper batsman Nail O’Brian demolished the Caribbean bowling attack to achieve a 305-run target in just 45.5 over.
Stirling missed out a famous century as he got out on 92 in 84 balls including nine boundaries and three maximums while Joyce scored 84 in 67 balls including 10 boundaries and two maximums. O’Brian scored an unbeaten 79 runs of 61 balls including 11 boundaries.
Stirling and Joyce added 106 runs before Joyce and O’Brian added 96 runs.
Previously, West Indies set a 305-run target as Lendl Simmons scored a fighting century. He scored 102 of 84 balls including nine boundaries and five maximums. He added 154 runs with Darren Sammy, who scored 89 of 67 balls including nine boundaries and four sixes after they lost half of their side within 87 runs.
Stirling awarded the man of the match award.