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Cricket World Cup: Wilson dismissal angers Porterfield

Gary Wilson, Darren Sammy and umpire Asoka de Silva
Wilson (left) argues with umpire de Silva with Darren Sammy looking on

Ireland captain William Porterfield hit out at Gary Wilson's controversial dismissal in Friday's 44-run World Cup defeat by the West Indies.

Wilson was adjudged lbw but despite TV replays suggesting the decision should be overturned, umpire Asoka de Silva refused to change his mind.

"The decision was crucial and cost us the game," said Porterfield.

"When you have the technology and advantage of TV replays, that is supposed to eradicate mistakes."

The decision prompted Wilson to protest to the Sri Lanka umpire and West Indies captain Darren Sammy intervened to tell the Irish batsman to leave the field.

Wilson appeared to have pushed outside the line and got the pad outside the line of off-stump but the umpire stuck to his guns even after the Irish batsman asked for a second review.

TV replays seemed to show the batsman had offered a shot but de Silva's decision was apparently based on the view that Wilson had not done so.

If that decision was not made, we could have opted for the power plays, but that wicket forced us to delay it

Ireland captain William Porterfield

Porterfield said the decision cost his side the game at a time when, at 199-5, they were well placed to chase the target of 276, with Wilson cruising on 61.

"The replays showed Wilson was trying to play a shot and that could be seen on the big screen (on the ground) as well," added Porterfield.

"The game was at a crucial stage. If that decision was not made, we could have opted for the power plays, but that wicket forced us to delay it."

The defeat leaves Ireland with the huge task of beating South Africa and the Netherlands in their last two Group B games to have any chance of reaching the last eight.

Devon Smith scored a career-best 107 and Kieron Pollard smashed 94 off 55 balls as the West Indies moved from a modest 142-3 from 35 overs to an imposing 275 all out.

Ed Joyce and Wilson kept Ireland on target for a win with a stand of 91.

But Joyce's dismissal for 84 sparked a collapse from 177-3 to 231 all out, with left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn taking four wickets.

West Indies hero Pollard earned the man-of-the-match award after also taking a crucial catch to dismiss Irish danger man Kevin O'Brien.

Pollard said he hoped the innings would put an end to suggestions that he is nothing more than a Twenty20 specialist.

"What's been said about me, that's just history for me," Pollard said.

We bowled where we wanted to and that got us the victory

West Indies captain Darren Sammy

"I go out there and do my best. This innings is for the people who have supported me.

"It (O'Brien dismissal) was a good catch. We needed something extraordinary at that stage because they were going well.

"So we needed to get O'Brien out. Then I came out with that catch."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who took three wickets to halt Ireland, credited the victory to his bowlers' ability to stick to their game plan.

"We bowled where we wanted to and that got us the victory," Sammy said.

"We did well to stick to the basics. It was a tough thing for us when Chris Gayle got injured.

"But in the end we got what we wanted - a victory."



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