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Joyce writes new records

ED JOYCE scored a mammoth unbeaten 229 as Ireland finished a record breaking first day on 420 for 3 against the UAE at Malahide in their ICC InterContinental Cup clash yesterday.

Joyce's innings was the highest individual score for Ireland - overtaking Eoin Morgan's 209 - as he plundered the Emirati attack to all parts of the picturesque Malahide ground.

The 36 year-old smashed 29 fours and 3 sixes in his 223 ball stay, making the UAE pay severely for their missed opportunities.

Paul Stirling was made to play second fiddle to Joyce, as the pair added 231 for the second wicket - Ireland's fourth highest partnership in their 160 year history as the Emiratis were put to the sword after asking Ireland to bat first.