Ireland downed by the West Indies in Cricket World Cup qualifier

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Rovman Powell struck a scintillating maiden One-Day International (ODI) hundred as West Indies disposed of the previously unbeaten Ireland by 52 runs to book their place in the Super Sixes of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers Saturday.

The Caribbean outfit can seal the maximum four points to carry into the Super Six round when they play the Netherlands in their final Group A game on Monday, when Ireland will have to beat the United Arab Emirates to be sure of progression.

It was all going so well for Ireland yesterday at Harare Sports Club when Ed Joyce and... This is the first time in World Cup History when West Indies is playing Qualifiers before the ICC World Cup. 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.

Powell then orchestrated two key half-century stands to pull West Indies around, posting 86 for the sixth wicket with Holder and a further 60 for the eighth wicket with Ashley Nurse (10 not out).

West Indies batsman Rovman Powell hitting out during his century.

Elsewhere in Group A, the Netherlands kept their slim hopes of qualification alive with a 57-run win over Papua New Guinea, who are now eliminated after three defeats in three.

Star names Mohammad Nabi (4-33) and Rashid Khan (3-45) did the damage as Afghanistan skittled Nepal for 194, batting first, before Najibullah Zadran (52no) blasted four fours and three sixes as they knocked off the runs.

"We just tried to do our best to do what we could and chase it within 40 overs (to reach positive net run rate), which we did".

However, he couldn't go ahead from there as he got out on the fourth ball of the last over to Tim Murtgah.