Wednesday 12 March 2014 

Warm-Up Wins For Hong Kong, Ireland

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien was one of three Ireland bowlers to take two wickets as they beat Nepal
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Hong Kong took produced a shock four-wicket win over Zimbabwe and Ireland beat Nepal by five wickets in the day's second round of ICC World Twenty20 warm-ups.

There was high drama as Mark Chapman hit the last ball for six to hand Zimbabwe a shock defeat while Ireland were also taken to the final over by Nepal.

Chasing 154 for victory and needing seven to win from the final over, Hong Kong wicket-keeper Chapman hit four from Tendai Chatara's second ball and two from the fifth before launching him over the ropes to register a famous win over Zimbabwe.

He finished unbeaten on 53 in 33 balls with four fours and three sixes in all with Tanwir Afzal playing his part with 37 not out in 21 deliveries.

They had come together with the score on 89 for six after Zimbabwe had posted 153 for seven, but their unbroken stand of 70 won the game in fine style.

Top scorer for Zimbabwe was Elton Chigumbura, whose 45 not out in 28 balls came after his side were reduced to 76 for five.

Next warm-up fixtures

14th March

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe,
Bangladesh v Ireland,
Hong Kong v Netherlands,
Nepal v United Arab Emirates

Irfan Ahmed took three for 25 and Haseeb Amjad two for 37 to give themselves a chance - Chapman ensured they took it.

Nepal proved they will be no pushovers once the tournament gets underway by making favourites Ireland fight for their four-wicket win.

Batting first, they slipped for to 16 for two but fought back through Gyanendra Malla's 47 in 35 balls and Paras Khadka's 31 in 27. The pair added 55 for the third wicket although the rest of the batting struggled against Ireland's experienced attack.

George Dockrell, Andy McBrine and Kevin O'Brien all took two wickets.

Some welcome runs for captain William Porterfield (38) and Paul Stirling (19) got Ireland off to a flyer before they, along with Ed Joyce for a golden duck, departed to leave the score 78 for three.

Andrew Poynter and Gary Wilson scored 28 and 31 not out respectively but Poynter and O'Brien (2) fell in quick succession to leave the game in the balance.

From 102 for five in the 17th over, Ireland might have stumbled but instead they powered to victoy, largely thanks to Stuart Thompson hitting 19 not out in nine balls.

Wilson hit sixes from the final two balls of the penultimate over and Thompson hit the winning runs from the first ball of the final over.

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