World Cup Game 5 – West Indies v Ireland

I know I’m a bit behind, but here’s a game thread for the clash in Nelson which is already underway with West Indies on 40/2.

Any comments for you night owls, please post them here….


23 thoughts on “World Cup Game 5 – West Indies v Ireland

  1. Timmy Feb 15, 2015 / 11:36 pm


    Oh my Ireland. Please see this through now!


  2. SimonH Feb 15, 2015 / 11:42 pm


  3. Benny Feb 15, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    Windies 102 for 5. Must be rewarding to be an Irish supporter. Can we swap management teams?


  4. Pontiac Feb 16, 2015 / 1:03 am

    Darren Sammy just got out for 89. That was a magnificently timed innings. Even though he didn’t get his 100, leaving 32 balls for Andre Russel and Lendl Simmons isn’t too many. Sammy and Simmons turned it on at the right time.


  5. Timmy Feb 16, 2015 / 1:33 am

    WI 304-7

    Simmons making a century and Sammy with an excellent 89. Cool thinking and talent shine through.

    Gotta think it’s a huge chance of getting a big scalp gone now.


    • Pontiac Feb 16, 2015 / 1:47 am

      Simmons and Sammy EACH made more runs than the top 5.

      And that sort of statement is the joy and sorrow of the modern West Indies fan.

      Now they’ll probably bowl crap and Ireland will win in 40 overs but still.


  6. ArushaTZ Feb 16, 2015 / 1:35 am

    A rare moment of self-awareness from a commentator, just now. Ian Bishop musing on the balance between bat and ball.
    “What interests me, I think it’s too difficult on good pitches, with small grounds and the way things have gone. Do the viewers, do the spectators view it in the same way? Do they like the plethora of 300 run scores that we’re seeing? I think that is the main issue, that is the main thing to find out, that is the question. Do the viewers and spectators like it? There’s no sense commentators not liking it, we’re not the important ones.”
    I don’t like it. It’s getting silly now, the amount of runs teams are getting in the last ten overs of an innings. 10-15 runs an over should be bloody difficult and rare. So far in this tournament, it’s routine. You’d have to be crackers to want to be a bowler now.


  7. Rooto Feb 16, 2015 / 6:02 am

    Everyone loves an Ireland win, possibly except if it hammers another nail in the WI’s coffin. Mixed feelings (especially as I backed Afghanistan for the first upset, in the quiz…).


  8. mdpayne87 Feb 16, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Had some money on an Ireland win so happy to get one right for once. Expect them to go on to quarter finals at least.


  9. Arron Wright Feb 16, 2015 / 8:11 am

    Anything that makes Dave Richardson look like an utter eejit is fine by me.


    • d'Arthez Feb 16, 2015 / 9:52 am

      Have to agree with this. Apparently beating Top-8 opposition is a sign of being uncompetitive, while being routinely obliterated (England vs Australia) is a sign of being competitive.

      What is more, Ireland did not just luck into victory. They only lost a cluster of wickets on the brink of an extremely comfortable victory, making it just a comfortable victory instead.

      Then again, India were apparently competitive in their 4-0 drubbing in England in 2011, and hence rewarded with a 5th Test, while Sri Lanka, who lost a 3-match series 1-0 in the same year were uncompetitive. And they are probably still not considered competitive after WINNING the series in England in 2014.

      As for routine 300+ scores, that should be a rarity if a team finds itself into 100/5 or so. Not the norm. It is not like the likes of Darren Sammy (or Dwayne Bravo for that matter) and so have such impressive batting records (avg 25-ish). Even if the likes of Amla, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Bevan were to come, such scores ought to be the exception.

      Now it is more like, if the bowlers strike early, and take 5 wickets, the score will be 250-300. If they don’t, it will be 320-350. In other words, the rewards for bowling well are too small. This might have to do with the bowling quality of some sides (WI play with 3 specialist bowlers at most for instance) though.


  10. Arron Wright Feb 16, 2015 / 10:00 am

    I do like a nice bit of juxtaposition:


  11. @pktroll Feb 16, 2015 / 10:32 am

    It wasn’t a huge surprise that the Irish won this. The depth that the Windies have plummed to still upsets me and I have far less sympathy for the two Trini boys who have been left out. Senior Bravo is a bit of an a**e and Pollard actually has a poor ODI record from around 90 matches. However the WICB have still ripped that team apart.


  12. SimonH Feb 16, 2015 / 4:44 pm


    • Arron Wright Feb 16, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Is it just me, or was hblove once a good BTL poster? His recent stuff on the associates stinks, and reads like The Secret Diary of Dave Richardson. Yet he professes to despise the Big 3. It’s all very strange.


  13. escort Feb 16, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Did anybody else hear Swann on TMS doing a really cringe worthy Irish accent whilst thinking that he was being really funny?


    • thebogfather Feb 16, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      sadly so…but did enjoy the radio commentary overall – yes, I was awake all night! (again) NZ/Jocks tonight… there are advantages to having being recently made redundant after 33 years! lol


  14. SimonH Feb 17, 2015 / 12:05 am

    From Tim Wigmore’s report in the Independent:

    “According to an ICC source, Giles Clarke, who would like to become president next year, is “hell-bent” on a 10-team competition, on the grounds that it would guarantee India nine matches”.


  15. Arron Wright Feb 17, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Not something you’ll be hearing on TMS anytime this year/decade/century:


  16. SimonH Feb 17, 2015 / 4:01 pm


    • LordCanisLupus Feb 17, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      All I can say that it’s back good job other world events never took that attitude. Money has truly ruined sport.


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