ICC WCL Warm-Up Wins For Ireland, Scotland & Kenya
There were warm-up wins ahead of the ICC World Cricket League Division One in the Netherlands for Ireland, Scotland and Kenya one day ahead of the tournament beginning.
Paul Stirling crashed 114 in 107 balls as Ireland beat Canada by six wickets. Batting first, Canada reached a useful 259 for six after Zubin Sarkari (62 in 91 balls), Ashish Bagai (84 in 95) and Sunil Dhaniram (40 not out in 23) scored heavily but their efforts proved to be in vain as Ireland got home with four overs to spare.
Stirling, batting at number three, thumped six fours and four sixes and put on 107 with Kevin O'Brien (43) for the third wicket to put Ireland on course for victory before Calvert Hooper returned figures of three for 44 by dismissing Nigel Jones (7), Stirling and O'Brien.
Andrew Poynter (25 not out) and John Mooney (23 not out) then guided Ireland home.
Richie Berrington top scored with 69 to set up a 65-run win for Scotland over Afghanistan. Berrington faced 85 balls to help propel Scotland to a score of 283 for seven with Gregor Maiden hitting 49 and Omer Hussain 30. Khaliq Dad returned figures of four for 44 to emerge a the pick of the bowlers.
Afghanistan were then dismissed for 218 as Gordon Goudie, Maiden and Ross Lyons all picked up two wickets with captain Nawroz Mangal top scoring with 54.
Kenya scored a five-wicket win over hosts Netherlands. The home side reached 218 for six from their 50 overs with Peter Borren narrowly missing a century by hitting 96 in 107 balls but he had little by way of support as six Kenyan bowlers took a wicket apiece.
Kenya were five for three when the top three batsmen - Maurice Ouma, Rakep Patel and Alex Obanda all failed to score but they fought back, Collins Obuya striking a fine century on his way to 112 in 140 balls and with Jimmy Kamande making 46, they got home with 11 balls to spare.
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