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Ireland made to wait for glory as Namibia dig deep

Published 27/10/2015

Tim Murtagh
Tim Murtagh

Ireland failed to complete victory in three days as Namibia's eighth wicket pair batted through the last 18 overs to frustrate the Irish attack.

When Tim Murtagh and Craig Young reduced Namibia to 12 for four in their second innings, needing 319 to avoid the innings loss, it looked as if it could be over before tea.

Despite Murtagh and the Ireland spin twins, George Dockrell and Paul Stirling, removing Namibia's three best batsmen for 50 runs, wicket-keeper batsman Zane Green and JJ Smit took the game into the final day.

However, as it remains a new ball pitch and Murtagh and Young can be let loose after 18 of the 96 overs available today, and with Namibia still 146 runs short of even making Ireland bat again, no one is contemplating anything other than a second Intercontinental Cup win for Ireland.

Scores: Namibia 251 (JP Kotze 78, C Coombe 35) and 173-7 (JP Kotze 48, S Burger 32, G Snyman 31; T Murtagh 4-16) Ireland 570-6 dec (E Joyce 205, W Porterfield 186, J Mooney 53 not out, K O'Brien 45 not out, S Poynter 33, G Wilson 25). Namibia trail by 146 runs. Today 8am-3pm

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