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21 October 201412:38

Hira's 170 hands Canterbury big win

Ireland falls short by 117 runs in World Cup Associate Warm-up Match

Hira's 170 hands Canterbury big win - Cricket News

After beginning innings on high, Ireland falls short by 117 runs.

A phenomenal batting effort highlighted by a century from Ronnie Hira and then some clinical bowling helped Canterbury to a convincing 117-run win over Ireland XI in the ICC Cricket World Cup Associate Warm-up Match on Tuesday (October 21) at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

Opting to bat, an opening stand of 193 between Henry Nicholls and Hira set up Canterbury’s innings as it ended on a mammoth 382 for 6. In reply, Ireland had a century-run opening stand, but then lost wickets in big chunks to be bowled out for 265 in 48 overs.

Earlier, after a first-wicket partnership with Nicholls (71 off 77), Hira shared a 100-run stand for the second wicket with Peter Fulton, the captain, on his way to a brilliant 170 off 129 balls – with 22 fours and four sixes – before retiring hurt. Fulton went on to score a half-century before being dismissed in the 47th over, but not before Canterbury was in a commanding position.

Ireland began its innings well with Andy Balbirnie (55) and Niall O’Brien (55) putting on 112 runs for the opening stand. Will Williams then instigated a collapse as Ireland slipped from 111 for no loss to 125 for 4 in a matter of five overs.

Andrew Ponyter held the innings together with a solid 57, sharing partnerships with the middle and lower order, but once he was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson in the 44th over, Ireland was left with too much to do. Williams finished the innings with three wickets, while McCone picked up two.

To see the scorecard and review the Canterbury v Ireland XI match in full, please click here.