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Gutsy Irish go down to classy Windies

Fine effort: Ireland’s Kim Garth scored 45 runs
Fine effort: Ireland’s Kim Garth scored 45 runs

By Ian Callender

Mary Waldron scored her maiden half century for Ireland yesterday but could not prevent West Indies completing a 3-0 clean sweep in their Twenty20 international series in Dublin.

An unbeaten second wicket stand of 162 in 15 overs took the tourists to a mammoth 188-1 and although Ireland posted their highest total of the series, they were 72 runs short.

Gaby Lewis was caught off a full toss in the fourth over but Waldron batted through the innings, hitting four fours in her 55 not out.

She shared a record partnership of 94 with Kim Garth who followed up her half century on Tuesday with 45 from 46 balls, and was pipped by one run to the highest scorer in the series by Hayley Matthews after her maiden T20 century yesterday.

Meanwhile, there was no play on the second day of the inter-provincial championship game between Northern Knights and North West Warriors because of a persistent drizzle at Comber. Warriors start the last day on 234-7 with Graham Kennedy 73 not out.

The Schools Cup quarter-final between Limavady Grammar and Belfast Royal Academy was another victim of the weather yesterday. The game has been rearranged for Saturday morning with a 9.30am start.

WOMEN'S T20 INTERNATIONAL

Sydney Parade: West Indies 188-1 (20 overs; H Matthews 107 not out, C Nation 63 not out) Ireland 116-3 (20 overs, M Waldron 55 not out, K Garth 45; S Taylor 2-19). West Indies won by 72 runs.

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