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Ireland win by 32 runs

Ireland vs Namibia

World Twenty20 qualifying: Ireland beat Namibia by 34 runs in opening match

Paul Stirling's half-century proved the difference for Ireland

A quickfire half-century from Paul Stirling helped Ireland make a winning start to their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign as they overcame Namibia by 34 runs in Abu Dhabi.

Stirling thumped four fours and two sixes in his 52 off 36 balls, while fellow opener and captain Will Porterfield contributed 33 as Ireland posted a total of 166-5 after being put into bat.

That total proved too much for Namibia and despite Raymond van Schoor's unbeaten 48, they could only muster 134-7 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Alex Cusack was the pick of Ireland's bowlers with 2-22, while there were also wickets for Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien and Max Sorensen.

Ireland, who won this qualifying tournament in 2012, are among the favourites to book their place in next year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with six countries still to qualify for the expanded 16-team tournament.

Match Details

Date
15th Nov 2013
Toss
Namibia won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Umpires
S J Stephen, G O Gregory

namibia BATTING CARD

Batsman R
L.P. van der Westhuizen b Cusack 12
C. Viljoen c Dockrell b Murtagh 21
R. van Schoor Not out 48
C.G. Williams c&b Sorensen 20
J.P. Kotze c Sorensen b Cusack 7
N.R.P. Scholtz c Porterfield b O'Brien 15
J.J. Smit Not out 1
Extras 8w, 2lb 10
Total 20.0 Overs 134 - 7
Full Batting Card

ireland BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.D. Johnston 2 0 19 0
T.J. Murtagh 4 0 19 1
A.R. Cusack 4 0 22 2
G.H. Dockrell 4 0 26 0
K.J. O'Brien 3 0 24 1
P.R. Stirling 2 0 13 0
M.C. Sorensen 1 0 9 1
Full Bowling Card