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Scots land T20 series beating Ireland
20 Jun 2015 23:11
Matthew Cross proved a thorn in the Irish side as Scotland took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 International series.
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Continuing in the same vein as Thursday night's opening encounter, 22 year-old wicket-keeper batsman Cross timed the ball superbly as he top scored with 48 from just 30 balls (6 fours, 1 six).
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Chasing 167 for the win, Scotland lost George Munsey to the second ball of the reply, bowled by a Tyrone Kane (1-30) inswinger. His early departure only allowed Cross to take full advantage of the power-play fielding restrictions.
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Cross and Kyle Coetzer (34) added 73 in just 46 balls as Scotland's aggressive approach unsettled the Irish attack.
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George Dockrell applied the brakes with a superb spell of 3 for 21, dismissing Coetzer, Cross and Michael Leask in quick succession to leave the game finely balanced at 100 for 4 in the 12th over.
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Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen took his side to victory without further alarm as he added an unbroken 67 in 42 balls with Richie Berrington (20*).
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Mommsen struck 5 fours and a maximum in a well controlled 47 not out from just 29 deliveries as the win was secured with 11 balls remaining.
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The Irish innings saw six of the top order reach double figures, but nine was able to kick on and play the destructive innings required.
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Kevin O'Brien and Andrew Poynter were joint top scorers with 36, while Andrew Balbirnie (31), and Tyrone Kane (26*) also chipped in.
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Ireland kept losing wickets at crucial times, which meant they were never able to achieve the necessary momentum.
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Saffyan Sharif (2-26) was the pick of the Scottish attack.
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The sides meet again on Sunday in the final game of the series (2pm).
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