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Joyce shines on Ireland return

Updated: Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 18:38

Ed Joyce impressed for Ireland against a strong Invitational eleven
Ed Joyce impressed for Ireland against a strong Invitational eleven

By John Kenny.

Ed Joyce celebrated his return to the Irish Cricket squad, scoring 68 runs as his side beat an invitational eleven as part of their world cup build-up camp in India.

The 32-year-old, who was given special dispensation by the International Cricket Council this week to return to the Irish set-up for the 2011 Word Cup finals, set the platform for a two wicket victory for Phil Simmons' side against an Indian Invitational side that included many top class players.

The Invitational side batted first in the 45 overs a side match reaching 257 for seven.

Ireland in reply made 258 for 8 off 44.2 overs with Joyce making 68 and vice captain Trent Johnston seeing his side home with an unbeaten 47.

Former New Zealand batman Hamish Marshall, who has declared for Ireland but who won't be at the world cup next year, did not feature but is expected to play in the second match also against the invitational side on Friday.

Andre Botha, Gary Wilson and Alex Cusack are also expected back for Friday's encounter.

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