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Queensland hands Ireland 230-run defeat

Visitors bowled out for 92 after Burns and Hartley help post 322

Queensland hands Ireland 230-run defeat - Cricket News
Joe Burns scored a 112-ball 107 to guide Queensland to a massive total against Ireland.
A brilliant century from Joe Burns and Mark Steketee's three wickets helped Queensland hand Ireland XI a massive 230-run defeat at the Kerrydale Oval, Gold Coast, in Ireland’s first ICC Cricket World Cup Associate warm-up match on Tuesday (September 30).
 
Putting Queensland in, Ireland could not curb a match-winning 204-run stand between Burns and Chris Hartley for the second wicket, which led Queensland to 322 for 6 in 50 overs. Then, tight bowling meant Ireland were bowled out for 92 in 30.1 overs.
 
After Ireland opener Andy Balbernie was run out by Luke Feldman in the fourth over, Queensland capitalised on the breakthrough and had the top three back in the shed by the seventh over. Steketee struck a double blow in the 17th over to send back Kevin O'Brien and Alex Cusack as Ireland was reduced to 43 for 6. 
 
George Dockrell remained unbeaten with a resilient run-a-ball 32, but found no support at the other end. 
 
Queensland’s efforts with the ball paid off as each of the six bowlers used picked up a wicket at least.
 
Earlier, wicketkeeper Hartley shared a double-century stand with Burns, who scored a 103-ball 95 himself, to give Queensland a strong start after Usman Khawaja was bowled by John Mooney in the third over. Nathan Reardon backed that effort up with a 33-ball 61 to take the total over 300.
 
Graeme McCarter picked up three wickets while Mooney, Andy McBrine and Andrew White took a wicket each. 
 
To see the scorecard and review the Queensland v Ireland XI match in full, please click here
 
Fixtures:
 
2 October – Ireland v Queensland, Redlands Oval, Brisbane
7 October – Ireland v ACT XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra (day/night)
9 October – Ireland v ACT XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra
16 October – Ireland v Northern Districts, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day/night)
18 October – Ireland v New Zealand XI, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day/night)
21 October – Ireland v Canterbury, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
23 October – Ireland v Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

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