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Wilson keeps Ireland on track

IRELAND will play Canada in Dubai tomorrow morning in the first of three play-off matches that must now be won in a row if they are to qualify for the finals of the World Twenty20 later this year.

A comfortable 44-run win against Oman yesterday was only enough to secure second place in Group B after Namibia had eased to a seventh straight victory when beating Italy.

Gary Wilson continued his good form, making 52 not out from only 38 balls, to earn the Man of the Match award as Ireland made 160-5 from their 20 overs.

Even without rested veteran Trent Johnston, the Ireland attack had little trouble restricting a team with no wins from seven and Boyd Rankin was again immense, taking 1-5 from three fiery overs.

Kevin O'Brien picked up another two wickets and skipper William Porterfield was able to give workouts to the little-used bowling of Nigel Jones and Max Sorensen as Oman were held to 116-6.

If Ireland beat Canada they will face the winners of the Netherlands against Scotland, with a possible qualification-deciding match against the loser of table-toppers Afghanistan and Namibia, on Saturday morning.

SCOREBOARD IN FACTFILE

• England endured a hard day in the field in their final warm-up match ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka as the hosts' Development XI racked up 376-5, but a positive for the tourists was that Stuart Broad, passed fit after an ankle sprain, took 3-55.

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