Irish ready to renew rivalry with West Indies

Ireland's William Porterfield is getting ready to face the West Indies.
Ireland's William Porterfield is getting ready to face the West Indies.
Share this article

Ireland return to the scene of one of their finest hours when they take on the West Indies in two T20I’s and an ODI in Jamaica this week.

Sabina Park was the scene of their historic three wicket win against Pakistan on a never to be forgotten St Patrick’s Day 2007.

“For many, that St Patrick’s Day win was where it really all began,” said Ireland captain William Porterfield.

“Fast forward seven years and we’ve come a long way. It’s been trophy after trophy as we’ve dominated Associate cricket and qualified for every global event since then.

“If there’s one regret, it’s that we haven’t recorded even more wins against Full Members.”

It won’t be easy for the Irish, as their opponents have recalled the formidable trio of Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and the most destructive batsman in world cricket - Chris Gayle.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons is aware of the size of the task facing his charges, but is confident they won’t be overawed.

“It’s certainly going to be difficult but we’ve put in a lot of hard work and also played five matches over the past few weeks so we’re well prepared,” he said. “We’ve had mixed fortunes in those matches but did have an excellent win against the Windward Islands. It’s that sort of form I’ll be looking for.”

Ireland will be hoping for another famous day in their three encounters this week.

The Twenty20 action begins tonight at 7pm (UK/Ireland) with the second match at the same time on Friday.

The ODI is on Sunday at 1.30pm (UK/Ireland) and fans can watch the action via a live stream on the West Indies website or follow the live scorecard on Cricket Ireland’s own website