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Ireland win by 85 runs

Ireland vs Hong Kong

World Twenty20 qualifying: Ireland beat Hong Kong to seal finals berth

Paul Stirling: Top-scored with 77 runs and then took four wickets

Paul Stirling was the star turn as Ireland secured qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 finals in Bangladesh next year with a comfortable 85-run victory over Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi.

The Middlesex all-rounder top-scored with 77 from 46 balls, featuring nine fours and three sixes, as Ireland set a huge target of 207-4.

Stirling then followed that up by taking 4-10 as the Asian side were restricted to 122 all out.

He and George Dockrell (2-18) combined to spark a Hong Kong collapse, which saw them lose their last eight wickets for just 30 runs.

At 92-2, Hong Kong were actually a run ahead of Ireland at the comparative halfway stage.

The turning point was an athletic one-handed catch at midwicket by William Porterfield to dismiss Hong Kong dangerman Jamie Atkinson, who had struck 48 from 38 balls to offer his side some hope.

Match Details

Date
24th Nov 2013
Toss
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Umpires
G O Gregory, D J Derek

hong kong BATTING CARD

Batsman R
I. Ahmed s Wilson b Sorensen 8
W. Barkat c Sorensen b Cusack 16
J.J. Atkinson c Porterfield b Stirling 48
M.N. Khan c Shannon b Stirling 13
M.S. Chapman c Shannon b Stirling 1
B. Hayat run out (Johnston) 5
M.A. Dar b Dockrell 7
T. Afzal c Dockrell b Stirling 2
M.A. Khan c Stirling b Dockrell 6
H. Amjad lbw Shannon 1
Extras 1nb, 12w, 1b, 1lb 15
Total All Out, 17.1 Overs 122
Full Batting Card

ireland BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
M.C. Sorensen 2 0 26 1
T.J. Murtagh 3 0 31 0
A.R. Cusack 2 0 13 1
G.H. Dockrell 4 0 18 2
T.D. Johnston 1 0 14 0
P.R. Stirling 4 0 10 4
K.J. O'Brien 1 0 8 0
J.N.K. Shannon 0.1 0 0 1
Full Bowling Card