West Indies 138-9 (Sammy 30, Dockrell 3-16) beat
Ireland 68 (Sammy 3-8, Rampaul 3-17) by 70 runs
ICC World Twenty20 Group D, Guyana
Darren Sammy scored a quickfire 30, took three wickets and held four catches to help the West Indies hand Ireland a 70-run thrashing in the opening game in Group D of the ICC World Twenty20 in Guyana.
Sammy's innings helped the West Indies reach 138 for nine and in reply, Ireland were shot out for just 68 inside 17 overs.
Although the West Indies won the toss and chose to bat, they did not find batting easy, and they slipped to 93 for six as a string of batsmen gave their wickets away amid tight bowling from Ireland.
17-year-old left-arm spinner George Dockrell took three for 16 while Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack and Andre Botha grabbed a brace of wickets to keep the West Indies under pressure.
Some of that pressure was relieved as Sammy hit two fours and two sixes in 17 balls to give his side a much-needed late boost.
Ireland then lost wickets at regular intervals either side of a 30-minute rain break and were swiftly out fo the contest when they were reduced to 16 for four by new-ball bowlers Ravi Rampaul (3-17) and Kemar Roach (1-12).
Gary Wilson, the only man to reach double figures, made 17 while there were 19 extras conceded by the West Indies, who offered up some 11 wides.
Sammy took three for eight in 3.4 overs and Dwayne Bravo, standing in as captain for the injured Chris Gayle, took two for five in two overs.
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