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Zimbabwe XI earn nine points and second spot

Zimbabwe XI now have 72 points from the five matches they have played

Zimbabwe XI earn nine points and second spot - Cricket News
Ireland captain William Porterfield gave something fot his team to cheer about, with a fighting half-century.
Zimbabwe XI earned nine points from their drawn encounter against Ireland in their ICC Intercontinental Cup league match at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Zimbabwe XI now have 72 points from the five matches they have played in the competition and are in the second position behind Afghanistan (77). Ireland earned three points from the game and ended their ICC Intercontinental Cup campaign with 55 points from six games. Ireland are the defending champions of the tournament having won it the first three times

On the final day of the four-day match, Zimbabwe XI ended their innings at 590 to claim nine points on the basis of their lead of 125 runs. In their second innings, Ireland could only play out time and ended the proceedings at 151 for four wickets.

Ireland skipper William Porterfield gave something for the visitors to cheer about with his 104-ball 66 laced with 11 boundaries. Niall O'Brien (41: 117b, 5x4) and Gary Wilson (35 not out: 70b, 3x4, 1x6) played cameos, but it did not make any difference to the end result.

Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe XI resumed at their overnight score of 506 for six wickets. Forster Mutizwa remained unbeaten in the Zimbabwe XI innings with a knock of 67 off 113 balls and eight boundaries. Medium-pacers Kevin O'Brien (4-104) and Trent Johnston (4-118) ended with the best figures amongst the Irish bowlers.

Ireland stay on to play three One-Day Internationals against the full Zimbabwe side also at the Harare Sports Club on September 26, 28 and 30 to build up for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

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