Ireland Hammer Scots To Complete Final Picture

Max Sorensen is congratulated on his five-wicket haul
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Kevin O'Brien is congratulated on taking his 100th catch for Ireland
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Ireland 350 (Stirling 65) beat
Scotland 138 & 168 by an innings and 44 runs
ICC Intercontinental Cup, Dublin

Ireland thrashed Scotland by an innings and 44 runs to set up a clash with Afghanistan in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

After making 350 in reply to Scotland's first innings of 138, Ireland dismissed their opponents for 168 in their second innings to round off a match they were always in control of.

Scotland were the only team that could have overtaken Afghanistan - who have one game remaining - in second place but left Dublin without a point.

Making his Intercontinental Cup debut, fast bowler Craig Young picked up four for 53 and Graeme McCarter three for 13 as Scotland's first innings lasted just 50.1 overs, number nine Shafyaan Sharif top scoring with 41.

Paul Stirling (65), John Anderson (56) and Kevin O'Brien (45) then helped Ireland post 350 as all but their final two batsmen reached double figures.

Moneeb Iqbal (4-68) and Majid Haq (4-69) shared eight wickets.

Scotland then slipped to 41 for six as Max Sorensen, with five for 37, tore through the top order. Young and McCarter grabbed a brace apiece and although Haq made 37 and Sharif 60 - a career best - Scotland were eventually well beaten.

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