When Ireland bowled out West Indies for just 25 runs
When Ireland bowled out West Indies for just 25 runs

Did you know that Ireland once bowled out West Indies cricket team for just 25 runs? Yes! 25 runs.

The match was played on 2nd July 1969 at Holm Field, Son Mills. The match was the part of West Indies tour of England and Ireland in 1969. In that tour, West Indies had played 3 Tests against England, one 1-day and one 2-day match against Ireland along with 4 warm-up matches. This rare incident (Ireland bowled out West Indies for just 25 runs) happened in the one 1-day match between Ireland and West Indies in that tour. During that time, Ireland was still not an ICC member.

The West Indies team comprised of some stalwarts like  Clive Lloyd, Basil Butcher, Sir Clyde Walcott etc. Sir Clyde Walcott was the manager of the West Indies team as he had taken retirement from the international cricket in 1960. However, Walcott had taken part in that match as a cricketer.

Before the start of the match, there was an agreement that if both innings were not completed, the winner would be declared through the first innings leading team. West Indies decided to bat first after winning the toss.

But from the beginning of the innings, West Indies batsmen were finding very tough to play in the front of Irish opening bowler duo, Alec O’Riordan, and Douglas Godwin. As a result, West Indies team bundled up at just 25 runs (25.3 overs) while Alec had picked up 4 wickets while Godwin had grabbed 5 wickets as Caribbean batsman Maurice Foster got run out. Caribbean batsman Grayson Shillingford had scored the highest runs in that innings which was only 9 runs.

In reply, Ireland had crossed that total easily and made 125/8 (47.2 overs) before declaring their 1st innings. West Indies were trailing by exact 100 runs before the start of the second innings.

In the beginning of the second innings, West Indies had lost their first 2 wickets in just 1 run on the board. At the end of the day, West Indies was standing at 78/4 as they were still behind of 22 runs from the Ireland’s 1st innings lead (100 runs). The match ended in a draw but according to the agreement before beginning of the match, Ireland were declared the winners on the basis of 1st innings lead.

The bizarre scorecard of West Indies 1st innings are at below:

West Indies 1st Innings
Name Dismissal types Runs
GS Camacho c Dineen b Goodwin 1
MC Carew C Hughes b O’Riordan 0
MLC Foster run out 2
BF Butcher c Duffy b O’Riordan 2
CH Llyod c Waters b Goodwin 1
CL Walcott c Anderson b O’Riordan 6
JN Shepherd c Duffy b Goodwin 0
TM Findlay c Waters b Goodwin 0
GC Shillingford not out 9
PR Roberts c Colhoun b O’Riordan 0
PD Blair b Goodwin 3
Extras (b1) 1
Total 25


Fall Of Wickets (Total team runs/wicket no.) : 1/1; 1/2; 3/3; 6/4; 6/5; 8/6; 12/7; 12/8; 12/9; 25/10


Ireland bowling in 1st innings
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ.
AJ O’Riordan 13 8 18 4 1.38
DE Goodwin 12.3 8 6 5 0.48


Watch the video of that innings:

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