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West Indies all out for 25!

Posted by Sports Snob on October 10, 2006

From Cricinfo:

That match was played at Sion Mills, in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, on July 2, 1969.

It was an official West Indian touring side (they lost the Test series in England that season), although the captain Garry Sobers didn’t play in this match, and the tour manager Clyde Walcott, who was 43 and had retired almost a decade previously, did. On a sporty pitch, West Indies were shot out for 25 – Grayson Shillingford top-scored with 9, and Walcott made 6: Ireland’s captain Doug Goodwin had the amazing figures of 12.5-8-6-5, and Alec O’Riordan took 4 for 18.

Ireland passed the West Indian score for the loss of one wicket, then kept on batting. It was officially a one-day, two-innings match – but there was an agreement that the side ahead on first innings would be declared the winners.

There’s a mischievous rumour that West Indies’ spectacular collapse – they were 12 for 9 at one stage – owed much to a visit to a nearby Guinness brewery, but actually there was barely time for that: they had only finished a hard-fought Lord’s Test against England late the previous day.

A big thanks to Cougarcricket sports club, which has developed a dedicated fan base if the number of subscribers to the youtube account is anything to go by.


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