Tuesday 24 April 2018

Mooney seals whitewash

JOHN MOONEY kept his nerve in the final over to deliver Ireland a thrilling two-run win against Kenya in Mombasa yesterday and, with it, a 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 mini-series.

Skipper William Porterfield's decision to bat first looked to have backfired as Ireland were restricted to a below-par 107-9 after losing two wickets in the first over.

But Porterfield later turned the game with a stunning one-handed catch at mid-wicket to dismiss dangerman Tanmay Mishra for 37 with Kenya needing a further 11 runs for victory from two overs.

Leinster spinner George Dockrell heaped pressure on the home side with his second wicket in a penultimate over that cost just four runs and Mooney did the rest with six aggressive deliveries, the last of which was missed with Kenya needing two to tie.

Ireland had lost Paul Stirling, run out without facing a ball, and Kevin O'Brien, to the fifth ball of the game, before Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson gave the visiting side a target that proved just enough to defend.

Wilson was unlucky to be run out backing up for 32, and Joyce, the only other Ireland batsman to reach double figures, was bowled for 38 looking for what would have been his fourth boundary.

Ireland's fifth win in six matches of differing lengths in Mombasa keeps Porterfield's side ninth in the ICC's official T20 rankings, ahead of Test-match playing sides Zimbabwe and Bangladesh -- and within touching distance of the West Indies.

Irish Independent

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