Ireland Hit Back Against Kenya In Mombasa
Ireland 237-9 (Joyce 88) beat
Kenya 120 (Cusack 2-13) by 117 runs
Second One-Day International, Mombasa
Ireland exacted their revenge on Kenya with a comprehensive 117-run victory in the second One-Day International between the two sides in Mombasa.
The Irish won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that was expected once again to show appreciable turn from the off. This proved to be the case as the Kenyans opened the bowling with James Ngoche’s off-breaks, and bowled an incredible 41 overs of spin in the innings, with Hiren Varaiya the most successful, returning figures of three for 46 from his ten overs.
Fortunately for Ireland, Ed Joyce made a determined 88 from 125 balls, which, along with late contributions from Andrew White (28 from 34) and John Mooney (23 not out from 14), was enough to haul them up to 237 for nine from their allotted overs.
In reply, it was a slightly different story for the home side’s batsmen as pace from Boyd Rankin (one for 15), Trent Johnston (two for 14) and Alex Cusack (two for 13) did the early damage – reducing the hosts to 37 for five – before Paul Stirling and George Dockrell chipped in with a brace of wickets to bundle the home side out for just 120, with Shem Ngoche – who recorded three consecutive golden ducks in the 2011 World Cup – top-scoring with 28 from number nine.
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