KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy’s aggressive, unbeaten half-century led a determined lower-order rally as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets with a ball to spare in their final official warm-up game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.Rocked by seamer Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over to be tottering on 49 for five in the ninth over, West Indies recovered brilliantly to reach their target of 162 at Eden Gardens, thanks to exactly 50 off 28 balls from Sammy.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed 33 from just 14 deliveries, while Andre Russell blasted 29 from 15 balls, as West Indies scored over 10 runs per over in the final half of the innings as they gathered 106 runs from the last 59 balls.The revival started with a 23-run, sixth-wicket stand between Sammy and Russell and continued with an exhilarating 53-run, seventh-wicket stand off 23 balls between Sammy and Brathwaite.Sammy belted six fours and a six, while Russell counted a four and three sixes.But it was Brathwaite’s cameo which included three fours and two sixes that gave West Indies much needed impetus.He and Sammy combined to plunder 17 runs from the 15th over sent by pacer Mitchell Marsh, and they followed up by taking another 17 runs from the next over from seamer Andrew Tye (2-35).When Brathwaite perished in the same Tye over, Sammy and Ashley Nurse, who finished on 12 not out, then posted a vital 37 in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to see West Indies home safely.Hazlewood’s hat-trick had earlier handed Australia the advantage. He claimed Jason Holder promoted to opener for six with the second ball of his second over and then bowled Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo without scoring off successive deliveries.Opener Johnson Charles (14) and Denesh Ramdin (11) also fell cheaply to leave West Indies in deep trouble.Opting to bat first earlier, Australia started strongly but were pegged back by medium-pacer Bravo and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, to finish on 161 for nine off their 20 overs.Bravo claimed four for 21 and Benn, three for 37, as the Aussies declined from 106 for one in the 12th over to lose eight wickets for 55 runs.Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 60 from 39 balls, striking four fours and four sixes. He put on 76 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 33 from 24 balls and a further 30 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith, whose 36 required 29 balls.Brathwaite was brilliant in his three overs of seam, taking three for 16.West Indies will now turn their attention to their opening group game of the T20 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where they take on England on Wednesday.
Governor Brian Scweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. Photo: Clive WassonAn American Governor was awarded the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this weekend in Buncrana.Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana received the prestigious award for work he has done to promote the interests of Ireland on the world stage. This is the second annual presentation of the award. A week of festivities in Buncrana surrounded the event.The family of Tip O’Neill were there on the night to present the award. They spoke fondly of Buncrana. “Coming here is like coming home,” said Tommy O’Neill. Speeches from John Hume gave the audience a warm sense of Tip O’Neill. Words from President Michael D. Higgins were read out by Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely.Upon receiving the award, Governor Schweitzer said, “This award means award the world to me; it is a wonderful honour to come back to Donegal and be presented with this prestigious award.”The Tip O’Neill awards are part of the Donegal Diaspora Project that reaches out to include anyone worldwide with a connection to the county.Nancy Scweitzer and Governor, Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Photo- Clive WassonAt the Tip O’Neill Award presentation are seated Pauline Ferry, Nancy Scweitzer, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Michael Friel and Josephine Friel. Back from left are Eamon Ferry, Dana Dawson, Adrian Friel, Aidan Quinn, Niamh Friel, Alan Friel, Anne Quinn, Colm Friel and Catherine Foley. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Peter McLaughlin, Caitlín Uí Chochláin and Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador. Back from left are Seamus Neely, John McLaughlin, Michael Grant, Leonard Roarty, Kevin Doherty, Sarah Meehan, Nicholas Crossan Michael Heaney and Seamus Canning. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, John Hume, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient. Photo- Clive WassonGovernor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient receives the award fromDinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht. Photo- Clive Wasson TIP O’NEILL AWARD PRESENTED TO US GOVERNOR was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)