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Good start: David Delany was the pick of the Irish bowlers
Good start: David Delany was the pick of the Irish bowlers

By Ian Callender

Ireland won the first of their two warm-up series ahead of the T20 World Cup qualifiers with a thrilling one run victory over Scotland in the final match of the Tri-Series in Malahide.

Shane Getkate was given the last over with the Scots needing 15 to win and when his fourth ball was pulled for six, the visitors were favourites needing just four from the last two balls.

But with Matthew Cross, 65 not out, on strike, the Instonians all-rounder bowled an excellent yorker which the opener could only edge for a single and Getkate hit the pads of Craig Wallace with the last ball. They completed the first but the striker was comfortably run-out going for the second which would have tied the scores for a Super Over.

For the second game in a row, Ireland made it much harder than it should have been, leaving runs out in the middle after another impressive first 10 overs. At halfway they were 114-2, four runs more than they had scored at the same stage against Netherlands on Wednesday and finished just five runs better off on 186-9, the last six wickets falling for 33 runs in the final five overs.

Andrew Balbirnie again batted like a million dollars before he missed a sweep shot and this time it was Kevin O'Brien who went on to a half century from 31 balls with three fours and four sixes, sharing a stand of 53 in 36 balls with Gary Wilson whose 31 came off 25 balls.

David Delany, in only his third game was the pick of the bowlers but it was Craig Young who broke the third wicket stand of 122 in the 17th over. It proved perfectly timed.

SCORES: Ireland 186-9 (20 overs, K O'Brien 63, G Wilson 31, G Delany 25, A Balbirnie 20, L Tucker 10, M Adair 8, D Delany 7, S Getkate 6, S Singh 3, G Dockrell 1 not out)

Scotland 185-6 (R Berrington 76, M Cross 66 not out; M Adair 2-30, D Delany 1-24, C Young 1-29, G Dockrell 1-38, G Delany 0-7 (1 over), S Singh 0-18 (1), S Getkate 0-26 (2). Ireland won by 1 run.

TODAY: Robinson Services Premier League (2.00): Instonians v North Down (20 overs)

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