Powell hits sparking knock as Jamaica Scorpions stun Ireland
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A captain’s knock by Rovman Powell led Jamaica Scorpions to a spectacular win over the touring Ireland team at Sabina Park, on Wednesday. The powerful right-hander made 82 not out off 63 balls as Jamaica motored to a victory target of 235-5 off 38.5 overs. This was after Ireland were bowled out for 234 off 48.5 overs.
Powell smashed the ball to all parts of the historic venue as his half century came off 48 balls and included two fours and five sixes. He continued to take on the bowlers and struck another two boundaries and a maximum as he took the young Jamaica side to an easy triumph against their more experienced opponents.
Powell shared a crucial 94-run partnership with left-hander Paul Palmer Jr, who made 33 off 40 balls with three fours and a six on his 30th birthday. They took the score from 107-4 in the 21st over to 201-5 when Palmer was beaten and bowled by a brilliant yorker from Josh Little, the left-arm quick bowler.
The run chase was well set up by Brandon King (36) and Andre McCarthy (48) who rescued the innings from 23-2 in the seventh over, with an aggressive third wicket partnership of 83 in 13 overs.
Earlier fast bowler Nicholson Gordon generated pace and bowled accurately and was rewarded with a five-wicket haul. The former West Indies U19 player ended with 5-34 off 9.3 overs to have Ireland struggling at 100-6 in the 21st over. The innings was rescued by a purposeful innings of 82 off 107 balls from George Dockrell, at Number 7. He shared a 50-run stand with Simi Singh (29) and another worth 55 with Mark Adair (25).
Ireland will now continue their preparation to face West Indies in the CG Insurance One-Day International Series, which starts on Saturday at Sabina Park. First ball is 9:30am (10:30am Eastern Caribbean)