All-round performance powers Ireland to victory

Sun, Aug 23, 2009 12:18 PM

All-round performance powers Ireland to victory
Ireland thrashed Scotland by a massive 96-run margin in the first ODI played at Mannofield Park, Aberdeen on Saturday. Skipper William Porterfield top-scored with a fine half century while medium pacer Regan West helped demolish the Scottish innings with the ball to script the win.

Put on to bat first, Ireland stumbled early on at 32-2 until Porterfield (50) and Andre Botha (33) stabilized the innings with a 69-run partnership. The skipper's dismissal by a run-out triggered a mini-collapse until Andrew White (32) and West (24) provided some resistance late in the order as the visitors finished at 205-9.

Chasing a moderate target, Scotland began to lose wickets early on as West produced a brilliant bowling display to finish at 4-26. Skipper Gavin Hamilton top-scored for his side with 36 and Scotland, in the absence of a solid partnership, was dismissed at 109 in 40.3 overs.

Ireland now leads the two-ODI series 1-0 and will next play the hosts in the final ODI on Sunday

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