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18-Mar-2018 15:16:00 GMT
Ire v Sco, CWCQ Super Sixes, Harare

Ireland beat Scotland to keep hopes alive

Ireland 271 for 9 (Balbirnie 105, NJ O'Brien 70, Wheal 3-43) beat Scotland 246 (Coetzer 61, Rankin 4-63) won by 25 runs

Harare: Ireland are still in with a chance of making the World Cup after defeating in-form Scotland by 25 runs in the Super Sixes in Harare on Sunday.

Andrew Balbirnie's 105 and a 70 from Niall O'Brien helped the Irish to an impressive total of 271-9.

A win would have qualified Scotland for next year's tournament but they were bowled out for 246 in 47.4 overs.

Scotland stay second in the Super Sixes standings and a point ahead of Ireland with one game remaining.

At 112/2 after 24 overs, with the captain Kyle Coetzer rattling along and the in-form Richie Berrington settling in, Scotland would have fancied their chances of reeling in Ireland’s competitive but hardly insurmountable 271/9.

Desperate for a wicket, William Porterfield recalled Boyd Rankin into the attack, and the 6ft 8in quick immediately delivered, pinning Coetzer on the crease to take out his off-stump.

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