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Windies get their chance of revenge with Stormont visit

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/10/2016

Ireland's Paul Stirling
Ireland's Paul Stirling

West Indies will return to Belfast for the first time in 13 years when Stormont hosts the final one-day international of next season. The Cricket Ireland board confirmed the venue at their board meeting this week with the game taking place on Wednesday September 13, immediately after the West Indies' Test series in England and ahead of a five-match ODI contest.

It will be a first chance of revenge for the West Indies since the teams' last meeting, at the World Cup finals in Nelson, New Zealand last year when Ireland chased down their victory target, scoring 307 for six.

Ireland also have happy memories of the last time the teams met at Stormont - the Irish winning by six wickets in a 50-over game when captain Jason Molins, Jeremy Bray and Niall O'Brien all scored half-centuries.

A West Indies 'A' team played two games at Stormont in 2010 against an Ireland side including Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien and George Dockrell, all of whom will hope to be involved again in 11 months' time.

The CI board also confirmed that this year's semi-finalists in the Irish Cup - Merrion, Waringstown, Instonians and YMCA - will receive byes into the second round next year as four fewer teams take part - eight each from the NCU and North West.

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