Mooney returns home from Ireland tour of West Indies

Ireland's John Mooney has left the tour of the West Indies
Ireland's John Mooney has left the tour of the West Indies

John Mooney has left Ireland’s tour of the West Indies with immediate effect due to a stress-related illness.

John has been receiving treatment for his condition for some time and has been able to manage it to a sufficient degree to continue playing international cricket.

However, it became clear over the last 24 hours that John’s condition had deteriorated, and the decision was taken to get him home as quickly as possible to resume his treatment.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “John Mooney is an incredibly passionate cricketer who has performed with distinction for Ireland over more than a decade, most recently in December with his Man-of-the-Match performance against Afghanistan in the InterContinental Cup final.

“However, cricketing matters come a poor second where health issues are concerned. The most important thing for John is to get the support and care he needs to aid his recovery - Cricket Ireland will endeavour to do all that it can to aid this process.”

Meanwhile, Ireland slumped to another comprehensive defeat in their second game of the Nagico Super50 series, losing by six wickets to Jamaica.

Alex Cusack (30) and Gary Wilson (10) looked relatively untroubled as they advanced the total to 100 for 2 in the 30th over, and at that juncture a score in the region of 220 looked like a realistic target.

However Andre Russell (3-19) and Jermaine Taylor (3-33) tore the Irish to shreds as their innings faltered badly, losing the last eight wickets for only 61 to be dismissed for 161 in 46.1 overs.

Ireland 161 all out (46.1 overs, N O’Brien 35, A Cusack 30, W Porterfield 25, A Russell 3-19, J Taylor 3-33) lost to Jamaica 166/4 (29 overs, J Campbell 71, T Lambert 27, N Bonner 22, M Sorensen 2-17) by six wickets.