Ireland Still In The Hunt For Treble After UAE Win

Max Sorensen, William Porterfield
Max Sorensen (left) took four wickets as Ireland made it to the final with a comprehensive win
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Ireland 147-8 (O'Brien 47, Johnston 35) beat
United Arab Emirates 85 by 62 runs
ICC WT20 2014 Qualifier semi-final, Abu Dhabi

Ireland are still on course for a treble of titles in 2013 after beating the United Arab Emirates by 62 runs to reach the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier in Abu Dhabi.

Having already won the ICC World Cricket League Championship and with the ICC Intercontinental Cup final to come this season, they will now play Afghanistan in tomorrow's final to win the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier - just as they did in 2010 and 2012.

The two sides had proved themselves as the class of the competition by automatically qualifying for the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh by topping their groups and after Afghanistan beat Nepal convincingly in their semi-final, Ireland followed suit with a crushing win over hosts UAE.

Batting first, they scored 147 for eight, recovering from being reduced to 42 for four early on and they then dismissed UAE for just 85 in 17 overs.

Good work from Manjula Guruge (3-21) saw off William Porterfield (7) and Paul Stirling (17) and the wickets of James Shannon (7) and Gary Wilson (3) left Ireland with work to do.

Kevin O'Brien's 31 i 25 balls, John Mooney's 29 in 31 and Trent Johnston's 35 in 18 helped them surge on to a score of 147 for eight, undoing much of UAE's earlier efforts.

Max Sorensen made life difficult for the UAE top order and by tking the wickets of Mohammad Azam (1), Shaiman Anwar (13), Amjad Javed (19) and Khurram Khan (0) he had tipped the game firmly in Ireland's favour and would finish with four for 15.

Swapnil Patil made 16 and Rohan Mustafa 18 as they briefy mounted a UAE comeback but once O'Brien ad Patil caught by George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh ran through the lower order to finish with four for 24 and Stirling had Mustafa stumped to confirm a huge win for Ireland.

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Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, UAE
Afghanistan v Hong Kong
Ireland v UAE

Group A
Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

Group B
Afghanistan, Bermuda, Denmark, Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Scotland