close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
AFP
January 12, 2020

It was emotional day for me: Walsh

Sports

AFP
January 12, 2020

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Hayden Walsh said his career best score which helped West Indies to a nail-biting one-wicket win over Ireland in the second One-Day International was dedicated to his father who died 10 years ago.

Walsh, batting at nine and in the team primarily for his skills as a leg-break bowler rather than a tail-end saviour, made an undefeated 46 in Thursday’s win which was only secured on the penultimate ball as the West Indies almost made a complete hash of chasing down a 238-run target.

“It was a bit of an emotional day for me. I got the inspiration as it marks the 10th anniversary of my father’s death,” said the 27-year-old after the game at Kensington Oval. “He taught me everything I know in cricket. Many people know he was a very good cricketer and this was part of our dream for me to represent the West Indies and win matches for the people of the West Indies.”

He added: “It was a bit overwhelming. I was talking myself through the whole innings and to get over the line was like a long journey. Felt like I had just run a whole marathon.”

His path to the West Indies team has also taken some obscure routes.

Walsh’s early career playing regional cricket with the Windward Islands was supplemented by working as a physical education teacher.

Thursday’s match was only his seventh ODI.

He made his international debut last April, playing not for the West Indies but the United Stated in a World Cricket League match against Papua New Guinea in Namibia.

Born in the US Virgin Islands, dual-nationality Walsh eventually came to the attention of West Indies selectors through his performances in the Caribbean T20 Premier League.