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Dockrell's five-star show for Ireland

CRICKET: George Dockrell grabbed his first five-wicket haul for Ireland in Belfast yesterday but Namibia were well on top at the end of the first day of their InterContinental Cup clash at Stormont.

Although still only 19, Dockrell was the senior bowler in an under-strength Ireland attack and he responded magnificently by returning figures of 5-71 as Namibia were bowled out for 244.

But Ireland, the three-time winners, did not have everything their own way in this first game of the latest version of the first-class IC Cup and were struggling on 75-4 at the close.