Ireland v West Indies clash in a One Day International match on Saturday 11 May with Dublin’s The Village playing host. This venue has seen no lack of action over the last few days with fans treated to star performances from players expected to play a huge part in this summer’s World Cup. Here are our top May 11 Ireland v West Indies betting tips.
It hasn’t always been comfortable viewing for the locals who have packed the stands, often watching their side struggle against more established nations in the game. The series will help improve Irish talent and will, undoubtedly, nudge everyone concerned in the right direction.
The home fans know their side are out of their depth at this level, but they are happy to be involved, watching the players learn and better themselves in the process. The overall aim is to significantly slash the gap between Ireland and the top teams. The quickest way to achieve that is by playing the best as often as possible. This match certainly ticks that box.
Close Call with England
May has already been a busy month for the Irish team and this will be their fourth outing, following matches with England, West Indies and Bangladesh. The latter was a rain-soaked day where we didn’t see an awful lot of play in the early stages and the start was delayed. That’s always going to be a problem at this time of year and in this part of the world, but it’s something the players will have to deal with.
There was plenty more for fans of Ireland to cheer when they came up against old rivals England on Friday 3 May. The locals had hoped to see the kind of upset we witnessed at the World Cup a few years back and they came mighty close too, but it was the visitors who scrambled to an entertaining victory. England won the match by just four wickets, with the final score reading Ireland 198 all out (43.1) against 199-6 (42.0).
A defeat, yes, but the squad came out of the contest with just as much credit as their opponents did. England went away to have a rethink, contemplating how close they came to losing to a minnow on the cricket scene during their crucial World Cup build-up. Were England really that bad, was it a poor day at the office or did Ireland raise their game and show just how far they’ve come on in recent times? We’d like to say it was the latter, but a heavy defeat to West Indies next time out casts serious doubt over that theory.
Battered by West Indies
West Indies sizzled and oozed confidence on a day they did something England failed to manage, register the kind of win that was expected of them over Ireland. Perhaps the efforts we saw from the hosts in the previous grudge match left a few in the dressing room feeling a bit leggy but excuses can always be made, the result can’t be covered over. Ireland just weren’t at the races that day and the Windies were in the mood for a party.
They sent out a real message of intent to the watching world about their plans for the summer when breezing to the win, with the scores settled at Ireland 185 all out (34.4) against West Indies 381-3 (50.0). That made a bit of a mockery of the Irish team as they were taken down a peg or two following the performance against England. It also showed the victors will fear no one and are in great shape ahead of the hectic few months that lies ahead.
A 196-run defeat was worse than those stood at pitch side feared it would’ve been but, to be fair, there would’ve been no arguments from us if West Indies went and scored a few more. It was safe to say they got the job done without hitting top gear and a better opponent will surely bring out a better level of play from this star-studded team. They look one in a hurry to make up for recent failings and one who is more than capable of doing just that. As neutrals we are genuine excited about what’s still to come from this outfit.
Another Sound Beating Expected
Since recording that resounding win over Ireland, the Windies went on to lose to Bangladesh on Tuesday in a result very few seen coming and even less had as part of their midweek sports bets. The West Indies, with confidence at a high, were expected to progress and claim another educational win but it didn’t go to plan. The final scoreboard read 261-9 (50.0) West Indies against 264-2 (45.0) for Bangladesh.
We’ve seen some strange results and performances in cricket this month and that was certainly one that tore the formbook up and left punters scratching their heads in disbelief. It was up there with the below-per showing from England against Ireland and it makes betting on the sport a little trickier than usual, due to teams being preoccupied with their World Cup preparations, rather than going out to win matches.
An eight-wicket loss to a decent team, but one they really should be beating on their day, would’ve weighed heavy on the minds of the West Indies coaching staff since and they will be keen to fire back with a strong win this weekend. The only downside of that is we’ll need to see the players hold their concentration against a crew they know they can beat at a canter. A professional job is needed, but bookies think we’ll get one. West Indies to beat Ireland is one for your accumulators at 1/4 with Ladbrokes, more appealing than the 3/1 on an Ireland win from the same bookie. Our bet is Windies to score the highest first 15 overs at 8/15 (Ladbrokes).