Ireland face battle with the bat to save match in Zimbabwe tour
Ireland were facing the prospect of having to bat through most of the final day of their four-day game against Zimbabwe A to get a draw after another poor bowling performance.
Even three wickets in the last 10 overs could not dim Zimbabwe's superiority as they closed 359 runs ahead with four second innings wickets remaining. Their 320 for six came in just 67 overs with opening bowlers Craig Young and John Mooney bearing the brunt of PJ Moor's (41 in 28 balls) early onslaught. Malcolm Waller and Regis Chakabva put on 199, one more than their first innings partnership when they also scored centuries. Spinners George Dockrell and Andy McBrine felt their full force, which yielded a total of 22 boundaries .
There was better news from Kuala Lumpur where Ireland Under-19s, after two wins in two days, are assured a place in the final of the tournament to decide the last qualifier for next year's World Cup finals.
They followed up their eight wickets victory over the United States on Sunday with a 158 runs win over Uganda, the Africans bowled out inside 24 overs for 97. Ireland will meet Nepal in the final group game tomorrow and the same teams then contest the final on Thursday.
Harare: Zimbabwe A 392 (M Waller 138, R Chakabva 104, PJ Moor 52; J Mooney 4-74, C Young 4-107) and 320-6 (M Waller 118, R Chakabva 101, PJ Moore 41; K O'Brien 2-34, G Dockrell 2-62) Ireland 353 (S Poynter 125, G Wilson 47, A Balbirnie 44, J Mooney 30, K O'Brien 27). Today 9am-4pm