Humphreys hauls Emerging Ireland to last-gasp win

Spectators were treated to a wonderful game of cricket at Bready on Wednesday as Emerging Ireland came from nowhere to snatch a one-wicket win over West Indies Academy in an enthralling 50-over contest that went right down to the wire.

On a day of big individual performances, the final say went to Lisburn’s Matthew Humphreys whose brilliant 14-ball 39 not out turned the game on its head in the final ten minutes.

When Tom Mayes was out at the start of the 48th over it was left to Humphreys and Number 11 Oliver Reilly to try to find the 39 runs needed for victory. They got that down to 33 from the last two overs before Humphreys launched his assault- the pair taking 21 off the penultimate over and then 15 more from the next five deliveries to win it with one to spare.

Humphreys clubbed four sixes and a four from his quick-fire cameo with Reilly (4*) keeping his end alive to earn the win.

Earlier, a sublime 143 from Jewel Andrew and 54 from skipper Nyeen Young had given the visitors a challenging total of 278-8 to defend.

Andrew, who was subsequently to bowl a costly three balls in the 49th over of Ireland’s innings when Ramon Simmonds had been unable to finish the over, deserved better after clubbing 12 fours and 7 sixes in his brilliant knock.

Liam McCarthy (3-80) and Mayes (2-61) returned the best bowling figures for the Irish side while their reply was dominated by Christopher De Freitas and Morgan Topping early on.

That pair laid a solid platform with a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket- De Freitas with 10 fours and a six in his 84 while Topping added 53 (2 fours, 2 sixes).

Johann Layne (3-55), Simmonds (2-50) and Young (2-67) were best with the ball for the Windies side before Humphreys had the final say.

These two teams are set to meet once more at Bready on Friday (10.45) before moving on to Belfast for a couple of four-day games. If Friday’s game is anywhere near as good as this one, you wouldn’t want to miss it.

 

 

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