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Northamptonshire won by 8 wickets.

Northants vs Ireland

Peters perfect for Northants

Opener's century sees off Ireland

Peters: 103 not out

Friends Provident Trophy - Midlands Division
Ireland 203-9 Innings Complete (P R Stirling 70) v Northamptonshire 207-2 (S D Peters 103 no, N J O'Brien 75)
Northamptonshire beat Ireland by 8 wkts

Stephen Peters stroked an unbeaten 103 to take Northamptonshire to an eight-wicket victory over Ireland in the Midlands Division of the FP Trophy.

Peters' 129-ball innings allowed the hosts to reach a target of 204 with 7.4 overs to spare.

An opening stand of 179 with Niall O'Brien, who was playing against his international colleagues, turned a potentially tricky run chase into a stroll.

O'Brien contributed 75 from 104 balls before being caught by his brother Kevin off the bowling of Ireland's debutant overseas player Ravi Rampaul (1-50).

After Northants skipper Nicky Boje came-and-went for a three-ball duck, David Sales (17 no) joined Peters to finish the job.

Earlier, Ireland had totalled 203-9 after being asked to bat by Boje.

The highlight was 17-year-old Paul Stirling's innings of 70, the number three's knock featuring four fours and four sixes.

England spinner Monty Panesar was the pick of the Northants attack with 3-36.

Match Details

5th May 2008
County Ground, Northampton
N L Bainton and R K Illingworth