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Pacers cement Ireland's place at top of Intercontinenal Cup table

Murtagh, Rankin and Young help dismiss PNG for 200 to complete 145-run win

Pacers cement Ireland's place at top of Intercontinenal Cup table 
 - Cricket News
Ireland’s fast bowlers struck at regular intervals to send Papua New Guinea crashing to 200 all out and help complete a 145-run win on the final day of their ICC Intercontinenal Cup clash at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Nashville, Australia, on Wednesday (February 3).

Set 346 for victory and resuming the fourth morning on 50 for 1, PNG lost Assad Vala, the first-innings centurion, in the seventh over of the day and never recovered from that blow as it was undone by the three-pronged pace attack of Tim Murtagh (2/25), Boyd Rankin (3/31) and Craig Young (2/50).

Murtagh, the most successful bowler in PNG’s first innings with 4 for 33, had Vala caught behind by Niall O’Brien for 20, which triggered a procession with two further wickets falling for the addition of just 19 more runs. At 83 for 4, the writing was on the wall for PNG, which however fought valiantly through Sese Bau and Jack Vare, the captain.

Bau, who top-scored with 45, put on 35 for the fifth wicket Charles Amini and a further 54 for the sixth with Vare before being sixth man dismissed, bowled by Rankin. His 45 came off 114 deliveries and contained two fours. 

Rankin then trapped Vare leg before four overs later for a patient 31, made in 85 deliveries. The end was swift in coming as PNG lost its last five wickets for just 28 runs. Ireland wrapped up victory when Young had John Reva caught by Murtagh for 21.

Ireland cemented its place at the top of the table with its third victory in as many matches played, giving it 60 points. With one win from three matches played, PNG has 20 points, the same as Namibia, but occupies sixth position on better net run-rate.

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