Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ireland openers hurry to centuries

Chris Dougherty

Ireland A made it two wins out of two in their 50-over games in Sri Lanka with a facile 10 wickets victory over a second tier club side.

Andrew Balbirnie finished 108 not out from 81 balls with 11 fours and five sixes while CIYMS captain Chris Dougherty, who hit 102 in Saturday's 132 runs win, scored a run-a-ball 69 as Ireland A reached their target of 182 in the 25th over.

Batting first on Saturday, the team totalled 274 for four with captain Andrew Poynter hitting a quickfire 68 before Andy McBrine took four for 31 from nine overs as the home team were bowled out in 45 overs.

Ireland A have two Twenty20 games tomorrow to complete the match action after their 10-day training camp in Colombo.

Scores: Kalutara Town 181 (46.5 overs, B McCarthy 2-17, McBrine 2-27) Richardson, Thompson, Kane and Cameron Dow one each. Ireland A 185-0 (24.5 overs, A Balbirnie 108 not out, C Dougherty 69 not out). Ireland A won by 10 wickets.

Saturday: Ireland A 274-4 (C Dougherty 102, A Poynter 68, A Balbirnie 29, A McBrine 21 not out) Police Cricket Club 142 (45 overs, A McBrine 4-31). Ireland A won by 132 runs.

Meanwhile, the Ireland Women's second match of the Qatar International Tri-Series, against South Africa in Doha, was abandoned by rain without a ball bowled.

Pakistan won the first game on Friday – Trent Johnston's first as coach – by 110 runs when Ireland were bowled out for 73. The teams meet again today with Ireland's second scheduled match against South Africa tomorrow.

Scores: Pakistan Women 183-9 (J Gray 3-40, I Joyce 2-20) Ireland Women 73 (C Shillington 29). Pakistan won by 110 runs.

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