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Scotland looks to build on excellent start

Ireland, weakened with several players missing due to county commitments, must win second game to keep series alive

Scotland looks to build on excellent start - Cricket News
Scotland's confidence boosted after strong win.
There will be a spring Scotland’s step when it takes on Ireland in the second Twenty20 International of a three-match series at the Bready Cricket Club in Bready on Friday (June 19).
 
Scotland made a great start to a crucial six weeks in the shortest format as when it cruised to a six-wicket victory in game one on Thursday. A disciplined bowling performance, marked by two wickets each for Safyaan Sharif, the right-arm pacer, and Michael Leask, the offspinner, kept the host to 146 for 5. Matthew Cross then blazed his way to a 33-ball 60 as Scotland successfully chased the target with 23 balls to spare.
 
The win gives the Preston Mommsen-led side a major boost heading into the remainder of the series, which also serves as a warm-up for the forthcoming World T20 Qualifiers.
 
Ireland suffered mainly due to the core of its side being unavailable because of county commitments. But for a promising debut by Tyrone Kane and David Rankin, there were hardly any positives for the host. While Kane claimed three wickets in his first five balls in international cricket, Rankin -- the younger brother of Boyd -- top-scored with a 37-ball 34.
 
Kane, the 20-year-old allrounder, had forced his way into the side on the back of a hat-trick and a five-wicket haul in the first two matches of Ireland’s domestic T20 competition.
 
Kevin O'Brien is leading Ireland after William Porterfield, the regular captain, Gary Wilson, the wicketkeeper, and Niall O'Brien were ruled out due to county commitments.
 
But Ireland will be bolstered by the arrival of George Dockrell and Andrew Balbirnie, who were away with Somerset and Middlesex respectively. Dockrell, who had starred with seven wickets in Ireland’s Intercontinental Cup victory over United Arab Emirates, will be looking to replicate his success in Bready. It will be interesting to see if Ireland persists with Rankin, a replacement for Balbirine, for the second exchange.
 
However, Ireland will continue to miss the services of Paul Stirling and John Mooney. While Stirling misses out due to commitments for Middlesex, Mooney requested a break due to personal reasons.  
 
Teams:
Ireland: Kevin O'Brien (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, David Rankin, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter (wk), Max Sorensen, John Anderson, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young.
 
Scotland: Preston Mommsen (capt), Richie Berrington, Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Con de Lange, Alasdair Evans, Michael Leask, Gavin Main, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt.

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