CWC 19 Qualifiers: Powell century helps West Indies beat Ireland

Ruben Hill
March 11, 2018

A maiden one day worldwide century by Rovman Powell inspired West Indies to a comfortable victory over Ireland at the global Cricket Council World Cup qualifier in Harare. This is the first time in World Cup History when West Indies is playing Qualifiers before the ICC World Cup. Now the super-six stage will be played on tomorrow, where West Indies will try to win and set back himself for the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018. If Windies beat the Netherlands on Monday, the latter stand to get eliminated with Windies, Ireland and UAE going through to the next round with the victor of the clash between Ireland and UAE in the second position (an extra point carried over). Coming in at number seven, with his team 83 for five having been 58 for four, Powell hit seven fours and seven sixes in a superb innings of 101 from 100 balls in an otherwise low-scoring game.

However, Powell led the Windies' recovery as he mounted a stand of 86 with captain Jason Holder (54).

Roach impressed with the ball in Ireland's reply as William Porterfield's men struggled to 32-3, but a well-compiled 63 from Ed Joyce gave the Irish hope.

Afghanistan need Nepal to beat Hong Kong to reach the Super Sixes, after finishing their Group B campaign with a six-wicket win over the Nepalese.

Tournament hosts Zimbabwe, like the Windies and Scotland before them, are safely through to next stage after a convincing 89-run over Hong Kong.

They required just 38.4 overs to chase down their opponents score of 194 at Bulawayo Athletics Club thanks to an unbeaten 52 by Najibullah Zadran.

The other game saw the Netherlands beat Papua New Guinea by 57 runs, but the Dutch need to beat the Windies and hope Ireland lose to the UAE to have any chance of going through.

"In Hong Kong v Nepal, anything can happen, that's cricket", said Khan.

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