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Fiery Cross powers Scotland to victory

Team weathers Tyrone Kane's dream debut spell to chase down Ireland's 146 with six wickets to spare

Fiery Cross powers Scotland to victory - Cricket News
Matthew Cross made 60 off 33 balls.
Scotland chased down 147 in 16.1 overs to record a strong victory over Ireland in the first T20 International in Bready, Ireland on Thursday (June 18) with Matthew Cross leading the way  with a fiery fifty.

Cross's 60 came from just 33 deliveries and included ten fours and a six. When he fell in the 11th over of the chase, Scotland still needed 54 runs, but Richie Berrington and Craig Wallace ensured their team crossed the line with six wickets and 23 balls to spare.    

Scotland lost George Munsey early, caught by Kevin O'Brien off a Max Sorensen delivery. But Cross, coming in at one down, was in an attacking mood and kept the target well within sight.

Tyrone Kane, on his debut, struck in his very first over, picking up three quick wickets. Cross hit Kane's first ball for a four, but was caught by Andrew Poynter with the score at 93. Michael Leask fell for a duck the very next ball, before Kyle Coetzer was bowled on 19. Kane had figures of 3 for 27 on debut and Ireland was offered some hope.

Berrington and Wallace, however, ensured there were no further stumbles, as they helped seal victory for their team in the 17th over, with a 56-run stand in 32 balls.

Earlier, Ireland, having won the toss, chose to bat, handing debuts to Kane and David Rankin. Stuart Poynter fell in the first over, bowled by Safyaan Sharif. John Anderson became Sharif's second wicket of the day, and Ireland was in some trouble at 34 for 2.

David Rankin held on from one end even as Andrew Poynter fell to Leask, who would end with figures of 2 for 23 in his four overs. O'Brien joined Rankin to score a quick-fire 30 off 19 deliveries, constructed with four fours and one maximum.

Rankin tried an ill-timed sweep and became Leask's second victim of the day. O'Brien fell soon enough to Josh Davey, trying an uppish drive over deep extra cover, which fell straight to Alasdair Evans for an easy catch.

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