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Who would have predicted that: Jeremy Bray becomes Ireland's first-ever centurion in World Cups on team's WC debut in 2007

Ireland's Jeremy Bray hits a shot against Zimbabwe
Ireland's Jeremy Bray hits a shot against Zimbabwe
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Jeremy Bray may have played only 15 ODIs and 2 T20Is after a promising start, but the 46-year-old is still remembered as Ireland's first centurion in World Cups for his unbeaten knock of 115 at the 2007 World Cup.

 

Match Summary

 

Ireland 221/9 (50 overs) - Jeremy Bray* 115 (137), Andrew White 28 (48); Elton Chigumbura 2/21 (6), Gary Brent 2/40 (10)

Zimbabwe 221 (50 overs) - Stuart Matsikenyeri* 73 (76), Vusi Sibanda 67 (84); Kyle McCallan 2/56 (9), Kevin O'Brien 1/8 (2)

Result - Match tied

 

With the pool of teams in the 2007 World Cup made wider to accommodate the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland, Canada, Kenya, Bangladesh, Scotland and Netherlands, there was always fear of one-sided matches.

Ireland's maiden World Cup match against Zimbabwe though was anything but that. After opener William Porterfield was dismissed for a duck, Jeremy Bray struck his second ODI century.

Bray remained unbeaten on 115 from 137 deliveries. The opener maintained his flow despite wickets falling around him. He struck 10 fours and 2 sixes and shepherded the team to 221.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (William Porterfield, 0.6 ov), 2-43 (Eoin Morgan, 9.5 ov), 3-44 (Niall O'Brien, 10.4 ov), 4-64 (Andre Botha, 14.3 ov), 5-89 (Kevin O'Brien, 21.6 ov), 6-145 (Andrew White, 37.3 ov), 7-182 (Trent Johnston, 43.6 ov), 8-182 (Kyle McCallan, 44.3 ov), 9-221 (Dave Langford-Smith, 49.6 ov)

 

 

Zimbabwe were cruising along at 92/1 after 20 overs but once Chamu Chibhabha was dismissed, they found themselves at 133/5 in no time.

Brendan Taylor and Stuart Matsikenyeri rebuilt but Taylor's run-out triggered a collapse. With 9 runs required in the last over, Matsikenyeri lost the strike after 5 runs off the first three deliveries.

Just one run was required to win on the last delivery. Matsikenyeri played and missed and the ball went through to the keeper. The non-striker Ed Rainsford tried to steal a run but was run-out. The match, as a result, was tied.

Jeremy, who was born in Australia, retired from international cricket in 2010 due to waning fitness and form.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Terry Duffin, 5.6 ov), 2-92 (Chamu Chibhabha, 20.5 ov), 3-107 (Sean Williams, 23.2 ov), 4-128 (Vusi Sibanda, 28.1 ov), 5-133 (Elton Chigumbura, 29.6 ov), 6-203 (Brendan Taylor, 43.4 ov), 7-212 (Gary Brent, 47.3 ov), 8-213 (Prosper Utseya, 48.1 ov), 9-213 (Chris Mpofu, 48.6 ov), 10-221 (Ed Rainsford, 49.6 ov)

 

Teams

 

Ireland - William Porterfield, Jeremy Bray, Eoin Morgan, Niall O Brien (wk), Andre Botha, Kevin O Brien, Andrew White, Trent Johnston (c), Kyle McCallan, Dave Langford-Smith, Boyd Rankin 

Zimbabwe - Terry Duffin, Vusi Sibanda, Chamu Chibhabha, Sean Williams, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Elton Chigumbura, Brendan Taylor (wk), Gary Brent, Prosper Utseya (c), Chris Mpofu, Ed Rainsford

 

Match Details

 

Match: IRE v ZIM, 5th Match, Group D, ICC World Cup, 2007 

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 

Umpires: Ian Gould, Brian Jerling 

Third Umpire: Billy Bowden 

Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama 

 

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