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Max Sorensen helps Ireland off to flyer against UAE in Twenty20 opener

By Staff Reporter

Ireland won their opening Twenty20 international against UAE in Abu Dhabi by 34 runs but yet again it was the bowlers who were the stars - and this time also with the bat.

Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh scored 20 off the last over with Max Sorensen finishing second top scorer with 26 as Ireland recovered from a nightmare start.

The top four were all back in the pavilion inside five overs with just 19 on the board but the O'Brien brothers put on 55 for the fifth wicket and the bowlers then got them up to what was just about a par score of 134. UAE were bowled out for exactly 100. Kevin O'Brien was the most successful bowler while the pace of Rankin and Craig Young always had the home batsmen on the hop.

Scores: Ireland 134-8: (N O'Brien 38, M Sorensen 26, K O'Brien 23: Amjad Javed 3-41) UAE 100 (19.2 overs, K O'Brien 3-14, B Rankin 2-16, T Murtagh 2-20, C Young 2-26). Ireland won by 34 runs.

A century from AB de Villiers gave South Africa a 3-2 one-day series win over England with a five-wicket victory in the decider in Cape Town. Chasing 237, the Proteas were reduced to 22-3 but De Villiers' 24th ODI ton, from 94 balls, got his side home in 44 overs.

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