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Ireland suffer World Cup qualifying setback after being stunned by Canada

Paul Stirling scored 23 but was unable to prevent Ireland from falling to defeat (INPHO/Tommy Dickson)
Paul Stirling scored 23 but was unable to prevent Ireland from falling to defeat (INPHO/Tommy Dickson)

Ireland's hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup finals suffered another blow as they lost by 10 runs to Canada in their qualifier in Abu Dhabi.

Navneet Dhaliwal (69) and Nitish Kumar (53) led the Canadians to victory by posting 156-5 in their innings, with Ireland only able to muster 146-7 in response.

It means that Gary Wilson's side are now fourth in their group, with only the top four remaining in contention to reach the finals, having won two and lost two of their games.

Stuart Thompson top scored for the Irish with 28, with the opener Paul Stirling adding 23, however it was a tough day with the bat for the Irish.

With the ball, Boyd Rankin took two wickets for 23 runs, but ultimately the Ireland bowling attack was unable to quell the duel threat of Dhaliwal and Kumar.

Ireland now face Jersey on Friday and Nigeria on Saturday in their final two games knowing that only two convincing wins will help them remain in the mix for a spot at the World Cup finals.

Canada, meanwhile, go back up to the top of the standings with the victory, with Oman sitting second and Jersey in third.

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