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Stuart Poynter's century inspires Irish triumph against MCC

By Ian Callender

A superb century from Stuart Poynter ensured Ireland A won their 50-over game against MCC at Lord's but their hosts proved much more competitive than expected.

Poynter scored 98 and 107 at the weekend for Durham II and he continued his stunning start to the season with 105 from 82 balls, fittingly hitting the winning runs with six and a half overs to spare.

Not far behind Poynter, who hit 13 fours, in the man of the match stakes was Waringstown all rounder Greg Thompson.

Playing his first game in Ireland colours for seven years, the leg spinner took one wicket for 37 in his six overs and then hurried the team to the winning post by taking 16 off the penultimate over to finish unbeaten on 61 from 66 balls with six fours and the six which brought up his 50.

Their unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 161 in just 21 overs - 69 coming off the five-over batting powerplay - camouflaged the disappointing top order batting when only World Cup players Stuart Thompson (24), captain for the day John Mooney (20) and Lee Nelson (15) made double figures.

Two hours into a glorious sunny day at the Home of Cricket, the game appeared to be heading towards an early finish as MCC were reduced to 98 for seven. Craig Young (3-43) did his chances of a call-up for next month's ODI against England no harm with three wickets in his first five overs and Thompson (2-29 from six overs) followed up with a wicket in the first over of both his spells while Eddie Richardson (2-16 from five) took a wicket with his first ball. Graeme McCarter (1-54) was the other wicket-taker.

The reason Ireland A were chasing so many was Warren Lee who blasted 90 from 52 balls from No 10 (seven fours and six sixes) with Peter Chase (0-61) bearing the brunt, his last two overs disappearing for 29.

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