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Craig Ervine's unbeaten ton for Zimbabwe seals one-day series win over Ireland

Published 11/10/2015

Niall O'Brien scored a half-century for Ireland but was unable to stave off defeat
Niall O'Brien scored a half-century for Ireland but was unable to stave off defeat

An unbeaten century from Craig Ervine sealed Zimbabwe's first one-day series win for more than two years after a five-wicket victory over Ireland gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Harare.

Zimbabwe won the toss and for the second consecutive match chose to bowl first, but a much-improved batting display saw Paul Stirling's rapid 72, Niall O'Brien's half-century and Gary Wilson's quick-fire 65 help Ireland reach 268 for seven from their 50 overs.

Paceman Sikandar Raza was the pick of the bowlers as he took three for 49, including the wickets of O'Brien and Stirling.

Ireland then restricted the hosts to 53 for two until Ervine, who hit a half-century in Zimbabwe's two-wicket win on Friday, came to the crease and claimed another half-century off 68 balls before hitting the winning runs off a boundary in the 48th over to register his second ODI ton.

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