Dubliner Harry Tector posted a second consecutive half-century as Ireland levelled up the One-Day International series with West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday.
The 22-year-old had another tremendous outing with the bat as Ireland ran out five-wicket winners after prolonged rain saw Ireland’s total reduced to 168 by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The result bags Ireland a vital ten points in the Super League series and race for automatic qualification to the 2023 World Cup.
A superb all-round performance from Andy McBrine, who took four wickets before posting 35 from 45 balls, hauled Ireland to a deserved win over a limited West Indies side.
Ireland were set a revised target of 168 after a rain delay of more than an hour, West Indies having laboured to a respectable 230 all-out after 48 overs in the morning session.
Tector had reached 50 by the time the covers were brought out with Ireland well-placed at 158-4 and, despite losing George Dockrell on the resumption, Ireland coasted to victory.
A Covid-19 outbreak in the Ireland camp last week had seen the original date of Sunday pushed back to Thursday.
On a ground where Ireland have fond memories, having famously beaten Pakistan there on St Patrick’s Day in the 2007 World Cup, the early signs were good.
Paul Stirling, in his first ODI as captain following Andrew Macbirnie’s Covid withdrawal, won the toss and elected to bowl first.
It proved a fine decision as Ireland put the hosts under pressure from the off, with Craig Young taking three wickets early on.
He saw off Shai Hope (17), Justin Greaves (10) and Nicholas Pooran (1) in his first four-over spell, at the concession of just 12 runs.
George Dockrell picked off Shamarh Brooks (43) lbw before Stirling pulled off a stunning catch to take out Roston Chase from a McBrine delivery.
A poor attempt at a boundary from captain Kieron Pollard, who had made a stand of 69 in the first match, saw the captain dismissed for one as McBrine made it two from two balls.
Familiar weaknesses in the Irish bowling game saw them record a highest-ever total of 27 wides and Romario Shepherd (50) and Odeon Smith (49) bumped the final total to 230.
Ireland had surrendered a strong position in the first match with West Indies at 62-4 at one point before finishing on 269, but history was not about to be repeated.
Opening partnership Stirling and Willim Porterfield built up a strong partnership of 37 early on before the former was caught by Jason Holder at first slip for 21.
Porterfield posted three boundaries and a six but his adventurous approach came unstuck when he was cheaply caught for 26 with Ireland at 60-2 after ten overs.
McBrine took up the mantle and continued the impressive scoring alongside Tector before being dismissed for 35.
Curtis Campher joined Tector and the pair managed a partnership of 53 before the former was bowled by Akeal Hosein.
What appeared a brief shower turned into a prolonged period of rain and, by the time the teams returned, Ireland needed just 11 runs from 28 balls.
Dockrell was caught for five with an ill-advised attempt to seal it with a six, but Tector stroked out the final runs as Ireland set up a series decider at Sabina Park on Sunday.