While Ireland can talk about the injustice of the run-out decision which denied them victory in the second one-day international, the record books will show a 3-0 series win for West Indies after decisive margins in the other two games.
The bottom line is that the batsmen under-performed – not one managed 100 runs across the series - and despite the efforts of the bowlers, they just hadn’t enough runs to play with, although the hosts’ last three wickets added 90 to win the second game.
It was always going to be a difficult tour – Ireland’s first away ODI series for 10 months – and it’s going to get harder with three Twenty20 internationals between the teams, starting in Grenada tomorrow and concluding in St Kitts under the lights on Saturday and Sunday nights.
The difference in ranking between the teams in the ODIs was just two places (ninth v 11th) but in the shortest form it is four (10th v 14th) but no-one is taking too much notice of the Windies low grade.
They are the current T20 World Cup champions, after beating England in the 2016 final and, indeed, are the only two-times winners, having also beaten the hosts in the 2012 decider in Sri Lanka.
West Indies will have World Cup winner Dwayne Bravo back in their ranks this week, after the 37-year-old was recalled, primarily as a “death bowler”, while Ireland have 20-year-olds Josh Little and Harry Tector joining the squad, along with George Dockrell.
William Porterfield, who did not field in the final ODI because of a pulled muscle in his side, James McCollum and Andy McBrine head home.
“We have to be realistic, we up against one of the best T20 teams,” said Ireland coach Graham Ford, “this is their game, so It will be tough but an exciting challenge.
“Once again it is about progress, trying to find players who ready to play at this level, making them more comfortable at this level.
“We have two agendas this year, we have to get better at 50-over (ODI) cricket and look to do something special at the T20 World Cup in Australia at the end of the year.”
Despite the series result, Ford believes this is an ODI team which is still improving.
“The fielding in all three games has been outstanding,” he added. “The spinners (Simi Singh and McBrine) have done themselves proud, Barry McCarthy has shown real promise and progress and I know the batting group will be determined to get better to be productive.
“Our batsmen were not out of touch, they all looked in nick and I’d like to believe that spending time in the middle against this quality of opposition will only do them good down the line.
"But we lost wickets at regular intervals (there were only two 50 partnerships) – that’s was the trend in all three games and some people are going to have a find a way to release that pressure and the best way is to rotate the strike.
“So there has to be patience, we have a very busy year of cricket and we need steady improvement.”