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Rovman Powell made 101 off 100 balls vs Ireland .

Rovman Powell hit his 100 vs Ireland in ridiculous circumstances

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West Indies will be growing ever more confident of making the World Cup, having progressed to the Super Sixes of the Qualifiers.

At the time of writing, they are still in action against the Netherlands and are well-poised in that fixture thanks to half-centuries from Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, and Rovman Powell.

The latter has been in particularly fine form, hitting 101 in the weekend's 52-run victory over Ireland.

The fact that the Windies are even having to participate in the tournament has caused something of a stir, but it ultimately just sums up how far they've fallen in recent years.

Selectors will still be concerned about diminishing player interest in the national team, even if that chiefly affects the Test format.

Yet, one man who shone was Powell. Batting at seven, when he came to the crease the ODI looked as if it could go one way or the other.

That was before a brilliant innings that included seven fours and seven sixes and took just 100 balls.

Kemar Roach also excelled with figures of 4-27, but it was Powell who proved the big talking point for the manner in which he reached his ton.

What a hit!

Ireland really should have known better than to bowl so wide to him. The 24-year-old smashed at the ball to reach the milestone with a six - check it out below:

It later emerged he'd actually cracked the window of the press box, which must have made pretty spectacular albeit terrifying viewing for the reporters present.

He then went on to sign the window pane, even though it's surely going to be replaced now.

Ireland eventually dismissed him with just two balls remaining.

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That kind of firepower just goes to show why the Windies are such favourites for qualification, despite the fact only two of the 10 sides who have participated in the tournament will make it to the ICC World Cup proper.

It's not just their history and prestige; they also boast many of the Qualifiers' biggest names, with Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, and Samuels all having travelled to Zimbabwe.

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