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Sorensen leads Ireland to massive win

Ireland beats Scotland by an innings and 44 runs after wrapping things up in just under ten overs on the last day

Sorensen leads Ireland to massive win - Cricket News
Max Sorensen recorded his best figures for Ireland with a five-wicket haul.
Ireland cruised to victory over Scotland by an innings and 44 runs on the final day of their four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Clontarf Cricket Club in Dublin on Saturday (September 14).  

The day began with Scotland still needing 64 runs in its second innings to make Ireland bat again, having been bowled out for 138 in its first innings and then conceding 350. Paul Stirling was the top scorer for Ireland with 65, while John Anderson (56), Kevin O’Brien (45) and Andrew Balbirnie (38) were the others to make significant contributions as nine players reached double figures.  

Scotland needed its batsmen to get runs on the board, but losing early wickets did not help the situation. Max Sorensen, Ireland’s right-arm seamer, dismissed the top three for a meagre 21 runs.  

On the third day, the only resistance from Scotland came in the form of a 79-run stand between Majid Haq (37) and Safyaan Sharif (60) for the eighth wicket. But on Saturday, Alasdair Evans, who came in at no. 11, only managed to delay the inevitable, scoring a patient unbeaten 14, as Scotland was bundled for 168. Sorensen finished with figures of 5 for 37; Craig Young and Graeme McCarter picked up two wickets each.  

The victory against third-placed Scotland extends Ireland's lead at the top of the table and it will now face Afghanistan in the final of the tournament, to be held in Dubai in December. Should the final end in a draw, Ireland will walk away with the trophy on account of being table toppers.

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