Amy Hunter was run out without facing a ball as Ireland started their ICC World Cup qualifying campaign on a grand note in Harare and lost by six wickets to a mighty West Indies side.
Aeneas star Hunter became the youngest batsman – male or female – to score an ODI century in his previous innings in Zimbabwe last month, but this time the 16-year-old from Belfast was second in two wickets falling in consecutive balls.
To make matters worse for Ireland, Hunter was only at the crease as Gaby Lewis was caught and bowled off the seventh ball of the 20th over – an umpiring miscount that would usually be welcomed by the batting side – but this not bar.
Lewis, who had scored 36 off 58 balls, including a six, put on 79 runs for the first wicket with Leah Paul, but Ireland were unable to kick off that solid platform and ended up with 159 runs from seven of their 50 overs. But got out. Unbold.
Aimar Richardson was one of Ireland’s bowlers, who took 2-33 to add to their hard-hitting 32, but West Indies made it easy at home with 10.3 overs to spare, allowing Ireland to score an extra 25-30. Fallen.
“We are only one game into the tournament and we haven’t played our best cricket yet,” said captain Laura Delany.
However, coach Ed Joyce will be encouraged that the girls in Green extended one of the favorites of the tournament and a similar performance and win against the Netherlands on Thursday should be enough to see their side go into the Super Sixes.