All Hope is lost for the Irish.
A RECORD opening partnership of 365 between John Campbell and Shai Hope led West Indies to a crushing 196-run win over Ireland in Clontarf yesterday.
Campbell (179) and Hope (170) came up just seven runs short of the record stand for any wicket in an ODI, set by Windies pair Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels who smashed 372 against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup.
The Irish attack was demolished as Campbell and Hope struck a total of eight sixes and 37 fours in a daunting total of 381 for three, Barry McCarthy dismissing both to finish with two for 76 from his 10 overs.
Campbell was caught by Irish captain William Porterfield and Hope departed three balls later, while captain Jason Holder made just one before being dismissed by Mark Adair.
Ireland's reply got off to a nightmare start as they lost Paul Stirling without scoring, Porterfield for 12 and Lorcan Tucker for another duck.
Kevin O'Brien struck a defiant 68 and Andy Balbirnie (29), and Gary Wilson (30) kept faint Irish hopes alive but Ashley Nurse took four for 51 as Ireland were bowled out for 185.
LETHAL John Campbell enjoys his ton with Hope