Ireland v Namibia: Irish closing in on the win - Cricket News Update

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Ireland v Namibia: Irish closing in on the win - Cricket News Update
Ireland need another 38 runs to win their first game of International Cricket Council's Intercontinental Cup 2011-2013, being played against Namibia at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast.
At stumps on day three, the Irish team had scored 135 for the loss of four wickets and are the favourites to win the match as they still have six wickets at their disposal. The Irish skipper, Kevin O'Brien, is at the crease and
is accompanied by Andrew White.
Alex Cusack’s innings of 42 runs was overshadowed by Paul Stirling’s scintillating knock of 53. failed to capitalize on a good start as the batsman contributed 20 runs.
Earlier in the day, and Christi Viljoen came out to start from where they left off with an overnight score of 7 and 48 respectively.
It did not take long for the Irish bowlers to make their mark as Ackermann failed to add any run to his overnight tally. bowled a full length delivery enticing the batsman to play a shot which he did and lobbed the
ball straight towards extra cover, where O'Brien was standing.
Namibian skipper,’s best bowler on the day, was the one who brought an end to Williams' innings. The Namibian skipper
scaled 40 runs from 43 deliveries.
Mooney ended Viljoen’s resistance when the bowler produced a gem of a delivery that uprooted the batsman’s off-stump. Viljoen missed out a great opportunity to score a hundred as he had to walk back on 87.
The Namibian team failed to produce any solid partnership afterwards as Dockrell and O'Brien ripped through the lower middle-order and the tail-enders fairly quickly. The Namibian team was dismantled for 226 thus leaving a target
of 173 for the Irish team to chase.
The Irish took a shaky start, losing der Westhuizen
grabbed the wickets of Cusack and Poynter.



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