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White's unbeaten ton helps Ireland to turn tables

ANDREW WHITE scored an unbeaten century against Namibia in Belfast yesterday to put Ireland back on level terms in a see-saw Inter-Continental Cup encounter.

The second most-capped Ireland player -- behind Kyle McCallan -- took his overnight score from 20 to 123 not out as Ireland made 298 and gained an unlikely first-innings lead of 54.

Debutant Graeme McCarter followed up by removing opener Pikky Ya France for two but that was the home side's last success as Namibia closed on 58-1, halfway through the four-day match at Stormont.

White would not have been able to make his sixth international century without fine support from George Dockrell in an eighth-wicket partnership of exactly 100 that lifted Ireland from the depths of 154-7 into credit. An advantage hadn't seemed likely early on when Kevin O'Brien edged to second slip on 30 but John Mooney took the attack to the Africans with six boundaries, including a peach of a cover drive.

Mooney made a brisk 44 before he slapped unnecessarily to cover and Stuart Poynter shouldered arms to a ball that knocked back his off stump.

Dockrell then hit eight boundaries as he went to his first half-century for Ireland from 92 balls before sweeping a catch to short fine leg.

McCarter hung around long enough for 31-year-old White to reach his fifth IC Cup century with his 10th boundary -- he finished with 13 -- and pass 4,000 runs for Ireland as he remained unbeaten on 123 from 213 balls.

Irish Independent