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24-Mar-2012 09:30:00 GMT
Ireland v Namibia, World T20 qualifier, Dubai

Ireland Beat Namibia to Reach World Twenty20

Dubai: Ireland will appear in its second consecutive World Twenty20 World Cup after qualifying for the tournament with a comprehensive, nine wicket victory over Namibia on Saturday.

The win sent Ireland into the final of the qualifying tournament later Saturday, where it will meet Afghanistan to determine which group each team plays in Sri Lanka starting in September. Afghanistan beat Namibia on Thursday, sending the war-torn nation to its second consecutive World Cup.

Ireland's bowlers again were the stars, restricting Namibia to 94-6. Max Sorensen and David Trent Johnston finished with figures of 2-8 and 2-19.

Sorensen had two maiden overs out of four overs bowled. Ireland had little trouble reaching the modest target, with openers William Porterfield and Paul Stirling combining for 41.

Brief scores
94 for 6 (Opperman 26*, Sorensen 2-8, Johnston 2-19)
Ireland 96 for 1 (Stirling 59*)
Result Ireland won by 9 wickets

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