Last-gasp Cottrell 6 wins series for Windies

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.

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