Saturday 21 April 2018

Ireland heavily defeated again

Barry McCarthy bowled eight testing overs for 33, only to leak 32 from his final 12 deliveries. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Barry McCarthy bowled eight testing overs for 33, only to leak 32 from his final 12 deliveries. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Ireland slumped to another heavy loss at Malahide yesterday, this time by a whopping 190 runs to New Zealand - and will finish bottom of the Walton tri-series with three defeats and an abandonment from four one-day internationals.

Under-pressure coach John Bracewell reacted to Friday's eight-wicket humbling at the hands of Bangladesh by dropping Kevin O'Brien and Tim Murtagh, only to see a second-string Black Caps line-up scorch to 344-6 from 50 overs, with captain Tom Latham making 104.

One positive for Ireland was the spin of Simi Singh, who conceded a respectable 38 runs from 10 overs without being able to take his first ODI wicket, while Barry McCarthy bowled eight testing overs for 33, only to leak 32 from his final 12 deliveries.

After opener Paul Stirling recorded his second duck in three days, only captain William Porterfield, with 48 from 50 balls, and Gary Wilson, who was eighth out for 30, made a score of any significance and the Boys in Green were dismissed for 154.

There was better news from South Africa, where Ireland's women finished behind India and their hosts in a quadrangular tournament by recording a 19-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third-place play-off in Potchefstroom.

Half-centuries from Laura Delany and Shauna Kavanagh helped the Girls in Green to 254-5 from 50 overs.

YMCA seamer Aoife Beggs then grabbed 5-52 as the African side collapsed from 150-2 to 235 all out.

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