Johnston, Porterfield star as Ireland remain atop

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 2:31 PM

Johnston, Porterfield star as Ireland remain atop
Trent Johnston picked up four wickets
Ireland consolidated its position at the top of the ICC Intercontinental Cup points table after it gained six points from the drawn encounter against United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the fourth and final day on Friday.

UAE resumed the fourth day's play at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium at its overnight score of 302 for six.

Swapnil Patil carried his bat right through till the end of the innings to remain unbeaten on 89 off 149 balls with 11 boundaries.

Saqib Shah (29) retired hurt with the score on 324 for six. Thereafter Patil ran out of partners. Trent Johnston (4-62) was the most successful Ireland bowler.

UAE innings finally ended at 360 for nine with Saqib not being able to return to bat.

With Ireland ahead by 229 runs, the result was a foregone conclusion. Ireland captain William Porterfield (101 batting: 165b, 4x4, 2x6) used up the remaining time to notch up yet another first-class hundred.

Porterfield shared a 133 runs stand for the second wicket with Andrew White (52: 147b, 3x4).

In the end both sides agreed for an early end with the Ireland total at 188 for three with an overall lead of 417 runs.

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