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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 19:41 GMT 20:41 UK
Ireland stun West Indies
One-day match, Belfast: Ireland 295-4 (46.5 overs) beat West Indies 292-7 (50 overs) by six wickets

Dwayne Bravo hit 100 not out against Ireland
Dwayne Bravo hit an unbeaten century for Windies

West Indies slumped to a devastating six-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in Belfast despite an unbeaten 100 off 65 balls by Dwayne Bravo.

Having beaten the same opponents by 96 runs a day earlier, the tourists posted a formidable total of 292-7.

But Jason Molins (66) and Jeremy Bray (71) launched the reply with a stand of 111 and Niall O'Brien guided Ireland home with 58 not out.

The Irish previously beat West Indies in 1969, bowling them out for just 25.

Brian Lara's are merely the latest top team to fall foul of the giantkillers from the Emerald Isle.

Last year they beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets and earlier this season dumped Surrey out of the C&G Trophy with a five-wicket triumph at Clontarf.

But this victory eclipsed both those recent triumphs.

Bravo was the star of the West Indies innings, hitting three sixes and nine fours and clearing the ropes with the ball ball of the innings to bring up his ton.

Adrian Birrell
I'm delighted we've proved to a wider audience what Irish cricket is capable of
Ireland coach Adrian Birrell

But it was not enough as Ireland claimed their victory with 19 balls to spare.

The amateurs chased their target with gusto - openers Molins and Bray scored rapidly before the former was bowled by Ravi Rampaul on 66.

The wicket was little consolation for the young paceman, however, as his seven overs cost 74 runs.

Bray added a further 50 runs in a quick-fire second-wicket stand with Andre Botha.

Botha went for 15 and Bray followed soon afterwards for 71, but 22-year old wicket-keeper O'Brien made amends with style.

The classy left-hander played a wide range of shots and was supported well by Peter Gillespie (26) and Andrew White (32 not out) as they inched ever closer to their target.


Ireland: JAM Molins (capt), JP Bray, AC Botha, NJ O'Brien (wkt), PG Gillespie, AR White, WK McCallan, EJG Morgan, DT Johnston, JF Mooney, RL Eagleson.

West Indies: CH Gayle, S Chanderpaul, DS Smith, RL Powell, DJG Sammy, RD Jacobs (wkt), DJJ Bravo, BC Lara (capt), IDR Bradshaw, R Rampaul, JJC Lawson.




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