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02-Jul-2010 02:44:00 GMT
Ireland v Kenya, 2nd match, Rotterdam

Stirling Helps in Ireland Easy Victory Over Kenya

Rotterdam: A collective bowling effort and a solid opening performance from Paul Stirling kicked off defending champions Ireland's World Cricket League Division 1 campaign on a successful note in Rotterdam.

Their opponents Kenya, fresh from a stand-off with their board regarding player contracts, were skittled for 163, before Stirling (87), supported by an unbeaten 59 from Alex Cusack, ensured a comfortable chase.

For Ireland, Trent Johnson and Cusack grabbed two wickets each to help scupper a steady Kenyan start. Alex Obanda and Collins Obuya had forged a 44-run stand for the third wicket, but the bowlers struck to bag the last eight wickets for just 60 runs.

In response, Stirling and Cusack combined in a 127-run stand for the second wicket to crush Kenya's hopes and seal a seven-wicket win.

Brief scores
163 (Obanda 40)
Ireland 164 for 3 (Stirling 87, Cusack 59*)
Result Ireland won by seven wickets
MOM Alex Cusack (Ireland)
Points Ireland 2, Kenya 0

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