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Ireland secures first innings lead against Kenya in Eglinton

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Mon, Jul 6, 2009 9:03 AM


Ireland secures first innings lead against Kenya in Eglinton
Ireland secures first innings lead against Kenya in Eglinton
Alex Cusack struck his second half-century of the match as Ireland continued to enjoy the upper hand over Kenya as the hosts led the tourists by 212 runs with seven wickets standing at the draw of stumps on the third day of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup 2009-10 match in Eglinton on Sunday.

When play ended for the penultimate day at the Woodvale Road, Ireland had reached 139-4 with Cusack batting on 55. With him was Andrew White on 29 as the two batsmen have so far added 50 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket partnership.

Cusack, who had scored 63 in the first innings, has faced 132 balls and has clubbed seven fours while White's 45-ball 29 includes three fours.

Kevin O'Brien was the other notable run-getter with 21 and was involved in a 42-run fourth wicket stand with Cusack after Steve Tikolo had claimed two of the three wickets to leave the defending champions in some bother at 47-3.

Earlier, Kenya, replying to Ireland's first innings score of 404, resumed its innings at 239-6 and added 92 runs to its overnight score to be bowled out for 331 to concede a 73-run first innings led to the home team.

James Kamande, who started the day at 65, managed to add only eight runs to his overnight score to become one of the four Regan West's victims but Thomas Odoya and Peter Ongondo added 49 runs for the ninth wicket to lift Kenya to 331.

Odoyo scored 46 off 100 balls with three fours and a six while Ongondo remained not out on 24.

West was the pick of Ireland bowlers with 4-94 while Trent Johnston added the scalp of Odoyo to finish with 2-39.

Scores in brief:

Ireland 404 (Paul Stirling 100, Jeremy Bray 89, Alex Cusack 63, Regan West 45, Andrew Botha 26, Kyle McCallan 25; Steve Tikolo 5-67) and 139-4 (Alex Cusack 55 not out, Andrew White 29 not out, Steve Tikolo 2-57)

Kenya 331 (James Kamande 73, Thomas Odoyo 46, David Obuya 64, Maurice Ouma 52, Peter Ongondo 24 not out; Regan West 4-94, Trent Johnston 2-39)

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