Ireland began their West Indies campaign with a 45-run win over club side Wanderers at St. Catherines, surviving a late onslaught by Roshon Primus.

Chasing 339, the hosts  thanks to a century opening stand from West Indies international Kraig Brathwaite (45) and partner Shane Mosely (79) had reached 170 for 5 in the 37th over, needing a seemingly impossible 169 in just 13 overs.

The burly Primus though delighted the home support with a brutal assault on the Irish attack, smashing 7 sixes and fours in a whirlwind 83 from just 36 balls, as he dominated a sixth wicket stand of 109 in 10 overs with Justin Greene (19).

Primus was particularly savage on Barry McCarthy, Andy McBrine and Craig Young, and it was a relieved Irish team when he dragged on attempting another huge blow.

Boyd Rankin (2-21) was the pick of the Irish attack, while there were also two wickets for legs-spinner Gareth Delany (2-29) as Wanderers finished on 293 for 7.

Ireland's total of 338 for 7 was based around an opening stand of 133 in 21 overs between Paul Stirling and James McCollum who both made unbeaten 64's before retiring.

New skipper Andy Balbirnie (36) struck two sixes in off-spinners Jamar Trotman's opening over, but the bowler got his revenge and went on to claim a five wicket haul.

William Porterfield made 40, but when his wicket fell, Ireland were in effect 251 for 7 with just 6.4 overs remaining.

Gary Wilson - who endured a torrid 2019 with the bat - started 2020 with a bang as he clubbed 6 sixes and 6 fours in a belligerent undefeated 76 from just 35 balls. He dominated the sixth wicket partnership of 87 in 40 balls with Simi Singh (14*) as Ireland took the total out of reach - just!

Ireland are next in action on Saturday when they take on a strong West Indies Board XI, before they play the first ODI on Tuesday.

MATCH SCORECARD

Wanderers CC Vs Ireland XI

1-Innings Match Played At Dayrell's Road, Wanderer's CC, 02-Jan-2020, One Day Match

Ireland XI Win by 45 runs

Toss won by

Ireland XI

Umpires

D Thompson - K Sisnett

Scorers

S Belle

Home Side

Wanderers CC

Comment

Players: 13/14 a-side, 11 batting and 11 fielding.
For Ireland B Rankin and C Young dnb.
For Wanderers I Boyce, D Evelyn , J Trotman dnb.

Ireland XI 1st Innings 338/5 Closed (Overs 50)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Min

Bls

4s

6s

J McCollum

Retired Not Out

 

64

91

69

8

0

PR Stirling

Retired Not Out

 

64

91

57

8

2

A Balbirnie*

st S Moore

b J Trotman

36

34

31

2

2

WTS Porterfield

c D Stuart

b J Trotman

40

96

54

2

0

KJ O'Brien

c I Boyce

b J Trotman

4

1

3

1

0

L Tucker+

c N Reifer

b J Trotman

14

31

28

1

0

GJ Delany

c K Brathwaite

b J Trotman

5

17

11

0

0

GC Wilson

not out

 

76

42

35

6

6

Simi Singh

not out

 

14

33

12

0

0

AR McBrine

dnb

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ McCarthy

dnb

 

 

 

 

 

 

extras

 

(b0 lb5 w16 nb0)

21

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

5 wickets for

338

 

 

 

 

FOW

1-182(A Balbirnie) 2-186(KJ O'Brien) 3-214(L Tucker) 4-238(GJ Delany)

5-251(WTS Porterfield)

Bowler

Overs

Maid

Runs

Wkts

wd

nb

D Stuart

9

0

74

0

4

-

J Niles

7

0

57

0

2

-

R Primus

7

0

57

0

4

-

I Boyce

6

0

45

0

-

-

R Williams

6

0

24

0

-

-

J Trotman

10

0

50

5

2

-

K Brathwaite

5

0

26

0

-

-

Wanderers CC 1st Innings 293/7 Closed (Overs 50)

Batsman

Fieldsman

Bowler

Runs

Min

Bls

4s

6s

K Brathwaite*

st GC Wilson

b Simi Singh

45

102

59

4

0

S Moseley

 

b WB Rankin

79

148

119

12

0

J Drakes

 

b GJ Delany

8

17

14

1

0

T Walcott

c WTS Porterfield

b GJ Delany

0

2

2

0

0

N Reifer

c A Balbirnie

b WB Rankin

34

27

26

4

1

R Primus

 

b CA Young

83

49

36

7

7

J Greene

c GJ Delany

b BJ McCarthy

19

50

27

2

0

R Williams

not out

 

7

16

10

0

0

D Stuart

not out

 

4

11

8

0

0

S Moore+

dnb

 

 

 

 

 

 

J Niles

dnb

 

 

 

 

 

 

extras

 

(b2 lb4 w7 nb1)

14

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

7 wickets for

293

 

 

 

 

FOW

1-109(K Brathwaite) 2-130(J Drakes) 3-130(T Walcott) 4-165(S Moseley)

5-170(N Reifer) 6-279(R Primus) 7-281(J Greene)

Bowler

Overs

Maid

Runs

Wkts

wd

nb

CA Young

8

0

53

1

1

-

BJ McCarthy

9

0

70

1

4

-

WB Rankin

7

0

26

2

1

-

AR McBrine

9

0

51

0

-

-

KJ O'Brien

4

0

25

0

-

-

Simi Singh

7

1

33

1

-

-

GJ Delany

6

0

29

2

-

-