Scotland stun Ireland, chase down 320

Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 13:23 [IST]
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Scotland stun Ireland, chase down 320

Edinburgh, July 13: So much for being touted as world beaters and giant killers, Ireland were dealt a taste of their own medicine as lowly Scotland chased down a mammoth 320 to defeat them by 5 wickets with 9 balls to spare.

All of the Scotland top order came good with openers Frazer Watts and Kyle Coetzer as well as Josh Davy and Richie Berrrington scoring half-centuries, while Irish off-break George Dockrell the only one in the Irish attack who put on something of a fight with figures of 2/58. Earlier in the day, Irish opener Paul Stirling top-scored for his side with a century while Josh Davey and Preston Mommsen returned three wickets each.

Ireland's inning was given a frenetic start with openers William Porterfield and Stirling putting on 63 by the 10th over, before the former was packed off for 21. Then Alex Cusack joined forces with Stirling to put on 119-run stand as Ireland progressed to 182/2 in the 31st over. Ireland seemed set to surge past 350 with 71 from Cusack and 50 from Andrew Poynter, but Mommsen pegged them back by taking 3 quick middle order wickets. The Irish thus wound up with a still-overwhelming total of 320.

In reply, Scotland were given a solid start with Watts and Coezter blasting 129 from just 20.3 overs, before the former went for 54 off 60 balls. Coezter however, kept pummeling away as he strung together meaty partnerships with the middle order as Scotland moved onto 200/3 in the 32nd over. Then Irish fast bolwer Boyd Rankin removed him for 89 off 85 balls. That was when the middle order came to the fore and pulled off a mid-boggling victory.

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