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Ireland are tipped to turn on style against Namibia

By Staff Reporter

Former Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton believes Ireland's last day resistance, to earn a draw in their four-day game against Zimbabwe A will stand them in good stead ahead of this weekend's Intercontinental Cup game.

The big match of Ireland's African tour is the last, against Namibia starting on Saturday, when they will be all out to get a maximum 20 points in their bid to stay top of the table.

At 141 for five on Tuesday, with still 38 overs left in the day, Ireland were in danger of an embarrassing defeat, but Kevin O'Brien (below) and John Mooney batted through the final session to earn a comfortable draw.

"The match was exactly what Ireland wanted, to get used to the heat, play some good hard cricket and I think they got all of that in the last four days," said Houghton, who was brought in as batting coach for the Zimbabwe leg of the tour.

The quick route is to win the I-Cup and the squad will be straight back into the nets today after flying from Harare and arriving in their hotel on the outskirts of Windhoek.

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