Ireland defeat Scotland in Desert T20 Semi Final
Ireland 211/6 20 overs, Wilson 65, Stirling 60, Scotland 113 ao Cross 35, Coetzer 40 by 98 runs [Scorecard]
After winning the toss captain William Porterfield elected to bat first at the Dubai International stadium in the semi-final of the Desert T20.
Ireland got off to a flyer as Stirling swept Watt to the fence in the first over. By the end of the fifth over they were already 56/0, with Stuart Poynter on 20 and Stirling on 35.
Their partnership was eventually broken when Poynter gave MacLeod a catch in the deep after a 78-run opening stand.
Nine runs later Porterfield went to a catch from Coetzer off the bowling of Davey for 2.
Stirling went on to make a blazing 60 from 36 balls to take Ireland past 100 before being dismissed, caught and bowled by de Lange.
Kevin O’Brien smashed 30 from 22 before he was stumped by Cross off Watt. It was Wilson continued to plunder 65 from 29 balls as Ireland accelerated to a mammoth 211 from their 20 overs.
Coetzer and Cross got Scotland off to a strong start with some big hitting, although he departed when McBrine took a catch at mid-on for 47.
The Scotland captain still believed as he scored 40 from 31 deliveries, but after the loss of Cross the momentum of the innings stalled.
MacLeod picked out McBrine in the deep while George Munsey was caught and bowled by Dockrell.
Wickets fell at regular intervals, with Mark Watt the final wicket to fall LBW, as Scotland slid to 113 all out in the 15th over as the batsmen looked to have a go at the huge total.
“I’ve very proud of the boys the way they’ve gone about the tournament. It’s not the way we wanted to finish it, but that’s the name of the game and I thought Ireland played a really strong game of cricket today.”