Gary Wilson heroics in vain as Windies level series

Ireland's Gary Wilson
Ireland's Gary Wilson

A heroic innings from Ulsterman Gary Wilson couldn’t prevent the West Indies from levelling the two-match Twenty20 series with Ireland in Jamaica on Friday.

Wilson, the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman, top scored with 35 but Ireland will be disappointed that they fell 11 runs short of a modest Windies total of 96 for nine.

Phil Simmons’ men were favourites at the halfway stage but their batsmen never came to terms with a dreadfully sluggish pitch.

William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Wednesday’s hero Ed Joyce all fell cheaply as Darren Sammy three wickets but Ireland weren’t out of it while Wilson remained at the crease.

He struck four boundaries in his 35 from 39 balls but Ireland’s hopes were extinguished when he fell two overs from the end when he aimed a big shot off Dwayne Bravo and was caught and bowled.

Ireland could only muster seven boundaries in their entire innings and they finished 85 for eight at the end of their 20 overs.

Earlier Alex Cusack was the pick of the Irish attack, the seamer taking four for 11 in four overs. Andre Fletcher, the opener, top scored with just 19 in another poor West Indies batting display.

The teams meet again on Sunday in a one-off ODI at the same venue.