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Irish see off Scotland challenge

Ireland kept their ICC World Twenty20 qualifying campaign on track at the expense of Scotland as they recorded a 17-run victory in Dubai.

Ireland have now won four in a row since their opening day defeat to Namibia, while Scotland look likely to be edged out following their second loss.

Ed Joyce was the Irish match-winner, scoring 78 in 58 balls in a total of 159 for five.

Gary Wilson (26) and Alex Cusack (22) topped up the score but it was Joyce, with six fours and three sixes, who did the real damage.

Majid Haq was Scotland's top performer with the ball, returning two for 18 in four overs.

Trent Johnston got into Scotland's batsmen early, sending back Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen in his first two overs.

But Kyle Coetzer started scoring freely in the middle order to drag his side into contention.

He made 62, including four sixes, before all-rounder Kevin O'Brien had him caught and bowled.

O'Brien finished with three wickets as Ireland closed out the win with Scotland 142 for seven at the close.


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