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Wilson and Porterfield star in series win for Ireland

Sun, Jul 12, 2009 12:40 PM


Wilson and Porterfield star in series win for Ireland
A stellar batting display from Ireland openers William Porterfield and Gary Wilson helped it beat Kenya by 52 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) and wrap up a comfortable series win in Dublin on Saturday.

After limiting Kenya to 175 all out in 45.1 overs, skipper Porterfield (49 in 65 balls) and Wilson (51 not out in 61 balls) put on 102 runs for the first wicket in 20 overs. The match was soon called off due to rain with the hosts on 104-1 in 21 overs and the target revised to give Ireland victory by 52 runs.

Earlier, right arm medium pacer Boyd Rankin tore apart the Kenyan opening batting order to finish with figures of 3-40. Alex Obanda (59) and later Nehemiah Odhiambo (40) put on a brave fight but failed to find momentum in front of a strong bowling attack.

The win gives Ireland a series victory with a 2-0 lead in the three-ODI series. The two teams will next meet each other on Sunday for the third and final match at the same ground.

In the other match of the day, Netherlands defeated Canada by 50 runs in Amstelveen after right arm medium pacer Edgar Schiferli?s 4-44 prompted a late order collapse in the Canadian batting order despite a brilliant 94 from opener Rizwan Cheema.

Batting first, Netherlands posted 237-7, helped largely by half centuries from Alexei Kervezee (75) and Peter Borren (50). In reply, Canada was dismissed for 187 in the 39th over.

The second ODI between the sides will next be played on Sunday at the same grounds.

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