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Stirling stars for Ireland

Paul Stirling's scintillating century inspired Ireland to a morale-boosting end to their World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win against Holland in Kolkata.

Chasing an imposing 307 in the Group B dead-rubber tie, Stirling's 101 off just 72 balls - his second ODI hundred - and captain William Porterfield's 68 off 93 balls led the way in a 177-run opening stand.

Holland pegged them back with three quick wickets but the initial momentum was enough for Niall O'Brien to notch a patient 57 not out and help seal the win with 14 balls left.

Ireland may have missed out on qualification to the knock-out stages but this victory - their second of the tournament - sees them avoid the ignominy of propping up the table.

Earlier, Stirling had contributed with the ball as well, picking up two Dutch wickets, but overall loose bowling meant Ryan Ten Doeschate was able to make 106 off 108 balls, while captain Peter Borren scored a quickfire 84.


From Belfast Telegraph