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Ed Joyce hits historic double ton as Irish eye summit

Ed Joyce became the first batsman to score two doubles centuries for Ireland as the Intercontinental Cup holders took a massive step towards the top of the table which will decide who goes into the 2018 Test challenge.

Joyce followed up his personal best 231 against UAE in the first round of games in June with 205 from 201 balls against Namibia in Windhoek yesterday as Ireland closed day two on 402 for three, already a lead of 151.

The Sussex professional hit 26 fours and six sixes in his seventh century for Ireland and shared a record second wicket stand of 326 - Ireland's second highest ever - with rejuvenated captain William Porterfield, who resumes this morning 153 not out, just 13 short of his Ireland best.

Porterfield, who had scored just one century in his previous 40 innings, insisted he felt better after working in the nets last week and proved it by batting all 92 overs, facing 273 balls without giving a chance.

After Paul Stirling's early dismissal for 15, Niall O'Brien had to wait four and a quarter hours to get to the middle and when a tired Joyce was caught at long-on, he edged his first ball to the keeper.

Scores: Namibia 1st innings 251 (JP Kotze 78).

Ireland 1st innings 402-3 (W Porterfield not out 153, E Joyce 205.

Today: 8am-3pm.

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