Record 365 run opening stand as West Indies trounce Ireland

West Indies Chris Gayle, left, is congratulated by teammate Andre Russell after taking a catch to dismiss New Zealand’s Kane Williamson during their Cricket World Cup quarterfinal match in Wellington, New Zealand, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ross Setford)

DUBLIN _ John Campbell and Shai Hope shared a record ODI opening partnership of 365 as West Indies trounced Ireland with a 196-run victory on Sunday.

Campbell (179) and Hope (170) were only seven runs short of the record stand for any wicket in a one-day international, which was set by West Indies pair Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels with 372 for the second wicket against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup.

The previous highest ODI opening partnership was 304 by Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman for Pakistan against Zimbabwe last year.

After Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl, West Indies reached 381-3.

The Irish attack struggled as Campbell and Hope struck a total of eight sixes and 37 fours. Barry McCarthy dismissed both openers to finish with 2-76 from his 10 overs.

Ireland was bowled out for 185 in 34.4 overs after losing Paul Stirling without scoring, William Porterfield for 12 and Lorcan Tucker for another duck to slump to 21-3.

Kevin O’Brien struck a defiant 68. Ashley Nurse took 4-51.

The game was part of a Tri-Nation series which also involves Bangladesh.