Windies Academy Beaten in Ireland

CWI photo Cricket West Indies Academy batsman Leonardo Julien plays a pull shot on his way to 82 during a one-day match against Ireland Emerging Players at Woodvale Road in Ireland yesterday.

BELFAST, Ireland (CMC):
A TOP score of 82 from Leonardo Julien failed to inspire the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Academy as hosts Ireland Emerging Players cruised to a six-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match, One-day series yesterday.

The 22-year-old Trinidadian left-hander cracked nine fours and four sixes from 61 balls and was the cornerstone of the CWI Academy batting before they were bowled out for 224 in 43.1 overs after they were put into bat in the 50 overs-a-side match at Woodvale Road.

Pacers Johann Layne and Joshua James then grabbed two wickets apiece for the visitors, but an unbeaten 66 off 85 balls from Morgan Topping led solid top-order batting from the Irish, and they replied with 227 for four in 46.5 overs.

The second match of the series will be played today at Bready, being moved up one day because of the threat of adverse weather affecting the match, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow.

West Indies were sent reeling on 44 for two at the close of the first Power Play after opener Kadeem Alleyne and former West Indies Under-19 captain Ackeem Auguste fell for eight and a duck, respectively, off successive balls in the fifth over from pacer Matthew Foster.

Bishop came to the crease, made only 10, but steadied the innings with Julien, whose 50 came from 44 balls, during a stand of 58 for the third wicket before falling in the 16th over.

Jordan Johnson got 20, and he added a further 48 for the fourth wicket with Julien, but they were both dismissed in successive overs, leaving CWI Academy scrambling on 136 for five in the 21st over.

A knock of 41 from wicketkeeper-batsman Carlon Bowen Tuckett, son of former Leeward Islands and West Indies all-rounder-turned-umpire Carlton Tuckett, and 25 from their captain Nyeem Young enabled the CWI Academy to reach a respectable total while losing their last five wickets for 41 in 66 balls.

The CWI Academy met resistance from the start when openers Jake Egan scored 38 and Christopher De Freitas made 25 to share in a 60-run first-wicket stand.

Layne got them both caught behind in the span of 12 balls in his second spell before James had Cade Carmichael in similar fashion for 12, reducing the home team to 106 for three.

But the Caribbean side again met resistance when Topping shared 71 for the fourth wicket with Scott MacBeth – who made 42 – to get the chase back on track before sealing the deal with an unbroken stand of 47 with Kian Hilton, not out on 18.

The series, which also includes two four-day, first-class matches, is part of a reciprocal agreement between Cricket Ireland and CWI after the Irish squad visited the Caribbean in November last year.

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