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Cricket: High fives for Trent Johnston in Toronto

By Ian Callender

On the day that Scotland announced they would not be going to Zimbabwe to play their Intercontinental Cup tie, effectively ending Ireland’s reign as holders, the team went out to prove it was only the weather that has denied them a fourth successive final.

Canada have been kind opposition for Ireland down the years and the dominance of Trent Johnston’s side was confirmed again in Toronto as the home team were bowled out for 120 in 32 overs. At the close of the first day, Ireland were already 70 ahead with six wickets standing.

Johnston, himself, took five wickets, his last his 48th of the season and no-one has taken more in a calendar year in the history of Irish cricket.

The batsmen, though, have done a job of sorts, so far but although four of them got in, Kevin O’Brien was top scorer with 57.

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