Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Joyce impresses in Ireland success

Ed Joyce

Ireland avenged Saturday's one-day international defeat to Kenya with a handsome 117-run win in Mombasa.

Ed Joyce struck 88 as the tourists posted 237 for nine in their 50 overs, before Kenya crumbled to 120 all out in response.

The wickets were well spread, with Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell each taking two.

Skipper William Porterfield won the toss and opted to bat first, but fell for 14 to James Ngoche.

Stirling hit a breezy 23 before following his captain to the pavilion, with Cusack falling to Hiren Varaiya for just two to leave Ireland 48 for three.

But Joyce dug in at number four, lasting 125 balls and hitting five fours and three sixes as he shared a number of decent stands with the lower middle order.

Andrew White was the best of his partners, making 28, with John Mooney adding an aggressive 23 not out at the end of the innings.

Hiren Varaiya, who ended with figures of three for 46, eventually dismissed Joyce.

The Kenyan response last just 35.1 overs, with wickets tumbling regularly to both seam and spin.

Boyd Rankin struck first to send back Duncan Allan, while new-ball partner Johnston took care of dangerous duo David Obuya (10) and Tanmay Mishra (two). Only number nine Shen Ngoche (28) passed 20 as slow bowlers Dockrell and Stirling took care of the lower order.

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