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Ireland Wrap Up 39-Run Win On Reserve Day

Ireland Wrap Up 39-Run Win On Reserve Day
Ireland Wrap Up 39-Run Win On Reserve Day
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Ireland 237-9 (Poynter 78, O'Brien 44, Hamid Hassan 3-44) beat
Afghanistan 198 (Shabir Noori 38, Cusack 5-20) by 39 runs
ICC World Cricket League Division One, Rotterdam

Ireland completed a 39-run win over Afghanistan to make it two wins out of two in the ICC World Cricket League Division One in Rotterdam.

They reached 237 for nine before rain prevented Afghanistan beginning their reply and returning the next day, Afghanistan were bowled out for 198.

Ireland were reduced to 27 for three but hit back with Andrew Poynter scoring 78 in 109 balls and Kevin O'Brien 44 to get them back on track and then Trent Johnston's unbeaten 42 in 28 balls, with two fours and two sixes, gave the innings a late boost.

Afghanistan's impressive effort in the field was led by Hamid Hassan, who took three for 53 and Khaliq Dad, who returned two for two for 27.

In reply, no Afghan batsman could make a half-century or better Shabir Noori's 38 as Alex Cusack returned figures of five for 20 to help Ireland register their first official one-day win over Afghanistan.

Cusack dismissed Noor Ali (21), Mohammad Shahzad (2), Asghar Stanikzai (20) and Samiullah Shenwari (14) before ending the game by having Hasan caught by John Mooney.

Both Poynter's efforts with the bat and Cusack's with the ball career-bests in all one-day cricket.

Afghanistan are on two points after their opening-day win against Canada while Ireland and Scotland both have four points from four. The Netherlands also have two points with Kenya and Canada yet to get off the mark.

Afghanistan play Kenya, Ireland meet Scotland and the Netherlands host Canada in the next round of fixtures.

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