by John Kenny
Ireland’s build up to the 2011 Cricket World Cup finals continued with a second consecutive victory over an Invitational X1, winning by a convincing 218 runs at the Country Club India in the city of Pune.
Having won by just two wickets in their first match on Thurdsay, Ireland were much more in command. Batting first, they made 301 for 9 off 49.1 overs with Alex Cusack top scoring on 100 not out and Hamish Marshall, the ex-New Zealand batsman weighing in with 72.
Marshall, who has an Irish passport, declared for Ireland recently and had hoped to be part of next years World Cup squad, but will now only officially become part of Phil Simmons set up in April 2011, after the finals.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already given Ed Joyce, who was rested for yesterday’ game, special dispensation to return to the Irish fold for the finals in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Having set the Invitational side a tough target, Ireland made short work of their reply, bowling them out for only 83 with Alan Eastwood weighing in with 3 for 29 off his seven overs.
Ireland will stay in India until 22 November as part of a World Cup build up camp and will have two more games against Invitational sides before their return.