Ireland Wolves 2023
2nd 4 day: West Indies U23 beat Emerging Ireland by 433 runs
CCG, Antigua, 2 December.
West Indies U23 326 & 321/8 dec. (71.2 overs: Kevin Wickham 105*, Akeem Auguste 75, Teddy Bishop 46, Nayeem Young 32, McKenny Clarke 22; Tom Mayes 5-75, Mike Frost 2-136, Liam McCarthy 1-48)
Emerging Ireland 72 & 142 (37.5 overs: Liam McCarthy 32, Stephen Doheny 23; McKenny Clarke 2-16, Joshua Bishop 4-35, Kelvin Pitmann 1-35, Nayeem Young 1-20)
Kevlon Anderson celebrates his century (West Indies Cricket)
Toss: Ireland. There was no great urgency in the post Tea batting which suggested that there wouldn’t be an overnight declaration by the West Indies so Ireland's agony continues into Day 3. Carlon Tuckett is lbw to Mike Frost in the third over of play so that might prompt a change of tactics from the hosts. Kevin Wickham is now showing signs of aggression and it looks like he's been given the chance to score a first class century so perhaps that or his wicket will precipitate the declaration. Young hits Mayes for consecutive boundaries and holes out at long on going for his third in a row. Joshua Bishop smashes Mayes to extra to give him a fourth wicket. And still they come!!! Tom Mayes denied a second five-for in the match with Wickham dropped on 86, a push to extra! And a repeat only this time it's through the hands and onto the head and Commins is forced to leave the field. Will he be fit to bat? Mayes gets his deserved 5th wicket and has match figures of 10-139. Declaration brings lunch a few minutes early with the lead standing at 575. Normal service resumed after Lunch - McCollum 2, Carmichael 14, Tector 0! Fionn Hand to bat at five as a concussion sub instead of Murray Commins but gone for 4 followed by Topping 11, Mayes 5 and MacBeth 8.
1st 4 day: West Indies U23 beat Emerging Ireland by an innings and 134 runs
CCG, Antigua, 25 November.
Emerging Ireland 213 & 62 (32.4 overs: Isai Thorne 4-8, Joshua Bishop 2-5, Nyeem Young 2-15, Johann Layne 1-12, Ashmead Nedd 1-22)
West Indies U23 409 (96.4 overs: Joshua Bishop 102*, Teddy Bishop 92, Kevlon Anderson 79, Johann Layne 56; Mike Frost 4-89, Matthew Foster 3-81, Gavin Hoey 2-57)
Joshua Bishop celebrates reaching his century (West Indies Cricket)
Emerging Ireland are facing an uphill battle to salvage anything after the West Indies Academy dominated the second day of their first-class match in Antigua. The Irish batting has been frail all tour, and after Murray Commins - who hit 17 fours in his 93 - added 128 for the third wicket with Cade Carmichael (59), the wheels came off as they lost eight wickets for 70 runs to be bowled out for 213. Early wickets for Matty Foster gave them hope but the initiative was taken back by the hosts with Teddy Bishop (92) and Kevlon Anderson (79) sharing a third wicket partnership of 152. When left-arm spinner Mike Frost took four wickets it appeared that the Irish would be able to restrict the lead to manageable proportions. However, a counter-attacking 9th wicket stand of 84 in 12 overs saw the Irish team wilt in the face of the onslaught. Teddy Bishop thumped an unbeaten 102 from just 69 balls that included 9 fours and 8 sixes, and he found a willing ally in Johann Layne, whose 50-ball 56 saw him hit six fours and clear the ropes three times as West Indies finished on 409. With a lead of 196, Heinrich Malan's side faced a tricky final hour before the close. They failed to emerge unscathed with the loss of James McCollum, quickly followed by Cade Carmichael and Murray Commins to leave them very much behind the eight ball at 29 for 3. The third day's play gets underway on Monday at 2pm Irish time.
3rd ODM: West Indies U23 beat Emerging Ireland by 6 wickets
SVRS, Antigua, 21 November.
Emerging Ireland 175 (43.4 overs; Stephen Doheny 64, Tom Mayes 27, Morgan Topping 20; Ashmead Nedd 3-28, Joshua Bishop 3-32, Kevin Wickham 3-42)
West Indies U23 179/4 (40.3 overs; Nyeem Young 75*, Matthew Nandu 63*; Matthew Humphreys 2-52, Liam McCarthy 1-12, Scott Macbeth 1-32)
Murray Commins goes cheaply, well caught after a miscued attempted pull. Cade Carmichael is bowled for 5 by one that nipped back off the seam. Stephen Doheny reaches his 50 from 63 balls (5 fours) - it's been a one-man show thus far. End of a useful third wicket stand of 65 as Morgan Topping is trapped by the left-arm spinner. Ireland have a useful platform to push on as we approach the mid-way point of the innings. But Tim Tector's torrid tour continues with his third duck and Ireland now are 98 for 4. Could have been five down but Macbeth is dropped on 1 - a simple return catch to Nedd spilled, and on 2 by the keeper. His luck runs out though as he is bowled, quickly followed by skipper Doheny who walks past one and is stumped. He had become a bit frustrated as the runs had dried up. Gavin Hoey quickly follows as the innings continues to stutter. Tom Mayes and Fionn Hand can score freely - can they change the dynamic of the contest? Another drop by the hosts as Bishop spills a tough return catch from Hand. Tom Mayes little cameo ended by a quicker ball from Wickham. Humpheys hits tamely to long-on to give Wickham his second, who gets a third as he takes a terrific running catch off his own bowling to get Fionn Hand (17). Will 175 be enough. It feels under-par. Ireland will have to bowl exceptionally well if they are to win the the series decider. An early breakthrough as Liam McCarthy gets Kadeem Alleyne to edge one to Stephen Doheny. Matthew Humphreys then induces Teddy Bishop to mistime one tamely to mid-on, and then has another next ball as Johnson edges to Commins at first slip. Game on! A quiet period sees West Indies go safety first but it's ended by Macbeth who bowls Wickham for 18. Nyeem Young and Matthew Nandu have put on a half century stand with a safety first approach - not great to watch on a sluggish track but effective. Tim Tector almost breaks the deadlock as he gets a hand to a return catch but can't quite hold on to the tough chance. Then he has a good shout for lbw turned down - bit of bat involved? In the end a comfortable win for the hosts as the bowlers ran out of ideas. An unbroken stand of 115 between Young and Nandu with both making half centuries. The teams now switch to red-ball cricket with the first four-day game starting on Saturday.
2nd ODM: West Indies Academy beat Emerging Ireland by 7 wickets
CCG, Antigua, 19 November.
Emerging Ireland 103 (27.3 overs, Scott Macbeth 29, Stephen Doheny 27, Murray Commins 16; Ashmead Nedd 3-12, Joshua Bishop 3-20, McKenny Clarke 2-20, Nyeem Young 2-21)
West Indies U23 107/3 (15.4 overs, Jordan Johnson 40*, Teddy Bishop 32*; Fionn Hand 2-29, Matthew Foster 1-19)
The West Indies Academy levelled the series with an emphatic seven wicket win over Emerging Ireland in a match that was over before the lunch interval. Once again the Irish top order batting failed, but unlike Friday, there was no late order revival to bail them out. Scott Macbeth top scored with 29, while skipper Stephen Doheny made 27, and Friday centurion Murray Commins made 16. The hosts bowlers kept the pressure on throughout with wickets for Ashmead Nedd 3-12, Joshua Bishop 3-20, McKenny Clarke 2-20, and Nyeem Young 2-21. To be able to defend a meagre 103 the Irish would have to make early inroads, but although Fionn Hand (2-29) and Matthew Foster (1-19) did have some success, the result was never in doubt. Jordan Johnson cleared the ropes three times and hit four boundaries in a rapid unbeaten 40 from just 21 balls, adding 67 with Teddy Bishop (32*) as the target was reached in the 16th over. The teams will meet in the third and deciding one-day game on Tuesday, before the attention switches to the red-ball format.
1st ODM: West Indies U23 lost to Emerging Ireland by 26 runs
SVRS, Antigua, 17 November.
Emerging Ireland 245 (49.1 overs; Murray Commins 118*, Tom Mayes 51, Gavin Hoey 25; Joshua Bishop 4-45, Kevin Wickham 2-50, Johann Layne 2-52)
West Indies U23 219 (41.4 overs; Matthew Nandu 59, Kadeem Alleyne 42, Junior Sinclair 35, Leonardo Julien 28; Scott Macbeth 3-33, Gavin Hoey 3-43)
Two early wickets for West Indian paceman Johann Layne sees Stephen Doheny and Cade Carmichael both dismissed cheaply. Murray Commins and Adam Rosslee at the crease now. The third one goes as Rosslee trapped lbw - given after the fifth appeal.. Two balls later and Tim Tector also given lbw - just the three appeals this time! Left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop has a third as he bowls Scott Macbeth who played down the wrong line. An enterprising stand is ended when Gavin Hoey cuts to slip to give Bishop his fourth. Murray Commins (dropped on 39) closing in on his 50 has added 31 and counting with Fionn Hand.The stand is ended by Kevn Wickham who also accounts for Matthew Humphreys. Cummins the glue that is holding the side together. He and Tom Mayes leading a late order rally with the stand at 70. Can they get up to 200 and beyond as Commins closes in on a century? They can indeed as both landmarks passed.100 stand in 90 balls. Great effort ended by the run out of Mayes, A final total of 245 gives the Irish attack something to defend. One of the West Indies openers is Kadeem Alleyne who was overseas player at Saintfield in the NCU last year. He makes a rapid 41 before being dismissed by short ball from Matthew Foster courtesy of a great catch running back by Murray Commins. Should have been a second wicket in the next over but Rosslee spills sitter at mid-off - Mayes the unlucky bowler. Steady progress by hosts as 100 up in the 18th over. Finally, a welcome second wicket as Scott Macbeth spins one past the bat and Doheny completes the stumping. Quickly followed by one for Gavin Hoey. Ireland chipping away. Wow, just wow. A spectacular running, diving catch by Fionn Hand running back at long-on. If catches win matches, this will be a perfect example of it. Tim Tector into the attack and after bowling a few pies gets a wicket! Lulled Auguste into a false sense of security. Ireland now favourites. 100 still needed. 6th wicket comes courtesy of another well judged catch. Fionn Hand with his first wicket. West Indies fighting back with Nandu reaching 50 and he and Junior Sinclair have added 50 and counting. Balance tilts back towards the hosts as the final drinks break is taken. Has Junior Sinclair given Ireland a chance? Goes for the heave-ho but skied to Hand at mid-off. Is this another twist. That stand was worth 63. The next over and Scott Macbeth has his second as opener Nandu walks past one and it's another stumping for the skipper. Macbeth strikes again in the same over as he gets his third. Ireland on the brink. Matthew Humphreys gets the last wicket as they complete a 26-run win. Remarkable comeback win from where they were.
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