Irish Cricketers recover from poor opening day

Ireland have hammered Kenya by 10 wickets to get their world T-20 cricket campaign back on track.

A disappointing opening day defeat to Namibia had left Ireland on the back foot in terms of their qualification quest but a powerful bowling display saw the east Africans bowled out for just 71.  A super quick half century from William Porterfield then saw the Irish home in no time at all, without even losing a wicket.

Ireland’s bowlers had let Namibia get off to a flyer yesterday, but this time the discipline and accuracy were there from the first ball, with Boyd Rankin setting the early tone by taking three wickets in his first two overs.

All five Irish bowlers used took wickets;  with only one Kenyan batsman reaching double figures;  Tanmay Mishra making 28 before being caught by Alex Cusack off the bowling of John Mooney.

Porterfield launched a fast and effective response; helping himself to 56 not out whilst firing the winning boundary off the second ball of the eighth over with Paul Stirling unbeaten on 15 at the other end.

Ireland now fly to Abu Dhabi to face Italy tomorrow.


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