Pacer Sheldon Cottrell hit a six off the second to last ball of the last over of the match from medium-pacer Mark Adair to give the West Indies a one-wicket win over Ireland in the second one-day international at the Kensington Oval in Barbados last night.
The nailbiting finish, which came two balls after Cottrell survived a run out thanks to an error from Adair, helped skipper Kieron Pollard’s side clinch the series 2-0 with one match to go.
With Cottrell nowhere close to making his ground off the third ball of the final over, Adair failed to gather a return throw from the covers cleanly, fumbled the ball and broke the stumps with his hand before the ball actually hit the wicket. After several replays, TV umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge ruled Cottrell not out and the Windies got the run to move to 235-9.
Hayden Walsh then hit the next ball into the covers and the pair ran for one but Cottrell was determined to get a second. But after he turned and almost made it back to the other end, he realised Walsh had not moved. Luckily, the return throw went to the wrong end and Cottrell, despite slipping on his way back, managed to return to the striker’s end safely.
And in the very next ball, with two needed to win, Cottrell blasted Adair over the extra cover boundary to seal a sweet win brought home by the tailenders after the top order earlier made a meal of what was expected to be an easy run chase.
The West Indies had to depend on their tailenders after Pollard and Nicholas Pooran, who shared in a 64-run fifth-wicket partnership, were quickly sent back to the pavilion after a restart following a short rain delay after they themselves had launched a fightback as the Irish removed the top half of the batting order cheaply.