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West Indies won by 70 runs.

W Indies vs Ireland

Sammy foils fighting Irish

Ireland skittled for 68 after performing well with the ball

Sammy: All-round star

The West Indies made a winning start to their ICC World Twenty20 campaign on home soil with a comfortable 70-run triumph over Ireland in Guyana.

A fine all-round display from Darren Sammy, who made vital contributions with bat, ball and also in the field, helped the hosts avoid an upset on opening night at Providence Stadium.

Ireland sensed a chance of a shock on a par with their 2007 World Cup win over Pakistan when they restricted their opponents, who were missing three key players including captain Chris Gayle, to 138 for nine.

However William Porterfield's side never came close to another famous result in the Caribbean, losing three wickets inside 11 balls on their way to being bowled out for 68.

Super Sammy

Sammy proved the major stumbling block for Ireland, picking up three for eight with his medium-pacers whilst becoming the first fielder to take four catches in a Twenty20 International.

Ravi Rampaul also picked up three scalps, including removing Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien in his opening over before rain arrived to briefly provide some respite for the under-fire Irish top-order.

The relief was only temporary though, and Rampaul struck again to leave the score at 16 for four straight after the resumption in play.

In the end the only real resistance came from Gary Wilson, who was the lone batsman to make it into double figures with 17 from 34 deliveries.

Fittingly Sammy - who had Kevin O'Brien caught at long-on with his very first delivery - returned to the attack to mop up the tail having earlier impressed with the bat, making a top score of 30.

Sent in at seven with the hosts limping along with 83 to their name after 13 overs, the St Lucian slammed two sixes and the same number of fours in a 17-ball cameo

Spin sensation

Ramnaresh Sarwan had earlier made 24 while opener Andre Fletcher contributed 19 before both were dismissed by teenager George Dockrell in the space of three deliveries.

The left-arm spinner, 17, also accounted for Narsingh Deonarine (10) on his way to figures of three for 16. Seam trio Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack and Andre Botha all picked up two wickets apiece.

But just as Ireland appeared to be in control Sammy cut loose, both his sixes coming in one Trent Johnston over. He perished trying to clear the ropes for a third time, off the bowling of Botha, although by then the Windies had shifted the momentum in their favour.

The home team will hope to have skipper Gayle, who sat out the game with a back problem, as well as key bowling duo Sulieman Benn and Jerome Taylor, back for their clash with England on Monday.

The Irish, who lost both of their warm-up matches in the lead up to the event, now need Paul Collingwood's side to come a cropper in that game to keep alive their own hopes of reaching the Super Eights.

Match Details

Date
30th Apr - 1st May 2010
Toss
Venue
Guyana
Umpires
Asad Rauf and B F Bowden

ireland BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Porterfield c Sammy b Roach 4
Stirling c Sammy b Rampaul 0
O'Brien c Ramdin b Rampaul 6
Cusack c Sammy b Rampaul 2
Wilson c Sammy b Bravo 17
O'Brien c Fletcher b Sammy 9
Johnston b Bravo 5
Mooney lbw b Miller 1
Botha not out 4
Rankin c Ramdin b Sammy 1
Dockrell c Ramdin b Sammy 0
Extras 11w, 8lb 19
Total All out, 16.4 Overs 68
Full Batting Card

w indies BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Roach 4 0 12 1
Rampaul 3 0 17 3
Bravo 2 0 5 2
Miller 4 0 18 1
Sammy 3.4 0 8 3
Full Bowling Card