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Windwards crash out


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PORT OF SPAIN  –  Champions Windward Islands have crashed out of the Regional Super50 limited-overs competition.
They lost their third straight match in the preliminary round to Ireland by 64 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night.
Chasing a victory target of 180, the Windwards folded for 115 in 35 overs with opener Tyrone Theophile, 27, the only batsman getting past 20.
Andre Fletcher made 19 and middle-order batsman Dalton Polius contributed 17 before being one of three victims to Man Of The Match George Dockrell.
The Windwards lost Johnson Charles with just two runs on the board, spooning a catch
to Dockrell at short midwicket with one run to his name. Their most experienced batsman Fletcher was caught at short third man for 19 cutting at Dockrell who also accounted for Theophile, trapped leg before wicket.
The Windwards were in deeper trouble when their most productive batsman for the competition, Keddy Lesporis, edged Max Sorensen to Kevin O’Brien at second slip without scoring.
The run outs of Romel Currency for 12 and Mervin Mathew for a duck ensured the steady procession of batsmen back into the pavilion continued, with last five wickets falling for 29 runs.
Earlier, Ireland won the toss and batted first.
They lost wickets at regular intervals and never gained momentum.
Niall O’Brien top-scored with 44 which included two fours and one six.
He was stumped by wicketkeeper Fletcher off Polius playing his first match of the competition.
Stuart Thompson tried to rally the lower order before being trapped lbw trying to sweep at Liam Sebastien when on 32.
 Left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson finished with three for 25 and captain Sebastien picked up two for 36 off ten overs.


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