Monday 23 April 2018

Niall O'Brien his century before Ireland fall to New Zealand

Niall O'Brien's century was in vain
Niall O'Brien's century was in vain

Niall O'Brien scored his maiden one-day international hundred but Mitchell Santner's five-wicket haul helped New Zealand avoid a shock defeat against Ireland in Dublin.

After New Zealand had set Ireland 290 to win the second tri-series match, O'Brien gave the hosts hope with a century that featured nine fours and five sixes.

But the number three ran out of partners and was dismissed for 109 by Santner as the left-arm spinner finished with five for 50 in New Zealand's 51-run victory.

Neil Broom, Ross Taylor and George Worker had earlier all scored half-centuries to help the Black Caps to 289 for seven from their 50 overs.

The next tri-series fixture on Wednesday sees New Zealand take on Bangladesh, whose opener against Ireland was washed out.

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