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Ireland have work to do ahead of Cup clash

By Ian Callender

Published 27/01/2016

Paul Stirling got three wickets but no runs in Brisbane
Paul Stirling got three wickets but no runs in Brisbane

The Ireland batsmen fared little better on the second and final day of their practice game against Queensland in Brisbane, with the match ending in an agreed draw at tea.

The home side added 103 in the morning session for the loss of four wickets for a first innings lead of 85, Craig Young and Paul Stirling both finishing with three wickets. Stuart Thompson took a second yesterday before Queensland declared on 240 for nine with Andy McBrine (playing for the opposition) on 49 not out.

Boyd Rankin bowled another five overs for final figures of 11-2-29-1, on his first bowl in an Ireland shirt since 2012.

Stirling was then dismissed early for the second time in the match but William Porterfield (27) hit five boundaries and with Niall O'Brien (24) added 56 for the second wicket in a promising partnership. Both then retired to allow Gary Wilson and Stuart Poynter a hit in the final hour.

But that didn't go to plan as Poynter was caught (by George Dockrell, also playing for Queensland) fourth ball and Thompson, caught off Dockrell's bowling, and Ed Joyce, run out, were also dismissed without scoring.

Gary Wilson hit 16 off 21 balls and Andrew Balbirnie (9) faced 34 balls but there will be plenty of work in the nets before they face Papua New Guinea in their vital Intercontinental Cup game, starting on Sunday.

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