Ireland Get Off To Winning Start By Beating Namibia

Ireland Get Off To Winning Start
Ireland Get Off To Winning Start
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Ireland 298 (White 123no, Dockrell 53, Viljoen 5-87) & 176-5 (Stirling 53, van der Westhuizen 2-21) beat
Namibia 244 (van der Westhuizen 65, Dockrell 5-71) & 226 (Viljoen 87, Dockrell 3-41) by five wickets.
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Belfast

Ireland completed a five-wicket win over Namibia in Belfast to get their ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign off to a winning start.

They won the toss on Tuesday morning and asked the Namibians to bat on what was a wicket-filled opening day. The visitors slumped to 130 for six in their first innings before rallying to be all out for 244, courtesy of a stroke-filled 65 from only 54 balls from Louis van der Westhuizen. George Dockrell ended with five wickets for the Irish who then closed day one on 75 for four.

The home side then had the better of the second day as Andrew White rescued their potentially calamitous first innings with an unbeaten 123 and enjoyed an eighth-wicket partnership of exactly 100 with George Dockrell, who hit a career-best 53.

George Dockrell again starred second time around as the visitors were dismissed for 226 to leave the hosts 173 to win. Christi Viljoen and captain Craig Williams had added 63 for the third wicket, but Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien (two for 19) dispensed with the middle and lower-order to leave Namibia with a difficult task in the fourth innings. 

Ireland lost Gary Wilson early on in their run chase for nine, but Paul Stirling (53) and Alex Cusack (42) steadied things and they won by five wickets, sealed by four byes down the leg-side from the bowling of Pikky Ya France.

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