Ireland 465 (White 102, Masakadza 5-107) & 151-4 (Porterfield 66) drew with
Zimbabwe XI 590 (Williams 178, Dabengwa 140, Mutizwa 67)
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Harare
Ireland's grip on the ICC Intercontinental Cup was finally loosened after a high-scoring draw with Zimbabwe XI rendered them unable to pick up the points they needed to make November's final.
The result in Harare also distils the battle into a race between three teams - Zimbabwe XI, Afghanistan and Scotland.
Batting first, Ireland scored 465 with Andrew White making 102, John Mooney 87 and William Porterfield 51 before Shingirai Masakadza returned five for 107.
Thanks to big centuries from Stuart Williams (178) and Keith Dabengwa (140) Zimbabwe surged into a first-innings lead, claiming the points thanks to late-order half-centuries from Forster Mutizwa (67) and Regis Chakabva (54).
Ireland then closed the game on 151 for four with Porterfield scoring his second half-century of the match by making 66.
Ireland were bidding for a fourth straight title but took just three points from this fixture with Zimbabwe XI taking nine.
Intercontinental Cup standings: Afghanistan 77 points, Zimbabwe XI 72, Scotland 69, Ireland 55, Kenya 43, Netherlands 15, Canada 9
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