Ireland win tri-series
Ireland have won the tri-series after their match against Scotland was called off due to rain. The series, which also featured Afghanistan, was part of the High Performance Camp the three teams attended at the ICC Academy as preparations for the upcoming 2015 World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand next month.
The Irish won two of their four matches, beating Afghanistan’s total of 180 in their opener at Dubai International Cricket Stadium before overcoming Scotland in their next match at the same venue, crossing the Scots’ score of 216/9.
They then lost their third match in Dubai, being unable to match the Afghans’ very impressive total of 246/8, managing to post only 175 in response, losing all their wickets in the process. The result means that the Irish have five points from their four games, placing them a point above their Asian rivals and two above their fellow European outfit Scotland.
ICC Academy Manager Will Kitchen was pleased to see these three nations play at the ICCA.
“I am glad to see three teams who are going to the World Cup make the best use of our facilities,” he said, “I am sure their time here will certainly help them during their time Down Under.
“We are always happy to assist in the development of teams and we wish them the best for their World Cup journeys. I’m confident they will perform to the best of their capabilities.”
The HPP also involved the teams being put through their paces as they honed their skills ahead of the showpiece event. They spent several fielding sessions on the Ovals before polishing their batting and bowling skills in the nets and testing their reflexes in front of the ProBatter.
The World Cup begins on the 14th of February. The Irish face off against the West Indies on the 16th, Afghanistan play Bangladesh in their opener on the 18th, and the Scots begin their campaign against fellow hosts New Zealand on the 17th.