Ireland v Canada, Intercontinental Cup, Dublin September 13, 2011

Stirling, O'Brien help Ireland dominate Canada

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 435 for 7 (Stirling 107, O'Brien 79) v Canada
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An aggressive century from Paul Stirling and a whirlwind 79 from Kevin O'Brien helped Ireland amass 435 for 7 on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup 2011-13 match against Canada in Dublin.

Stirling and Gary Wilson justified Ireland's decision to bat first by adding 155 for the first wicket at more than four runs an over before Wilson was trapped in front by Khurram Chohan for 61. Stirling fell soon after, bowled by Jimmy Hansra for 107, but he had given Ireland plenty of momentum, having struck 18 fours and 2 sixes in his 121-ball knock.

Canada appeared to be fighting their way back into the match with two more quick wickets, but O'Brien joined Alex Cusack with the score on 236 for 4 and the pair savaged the bowling in the course of a 115-run partnership that spanned just 18 overs. O'Brien was the more destructive batsman and was particularly harsh on left-arm spinner Zahid Hussein, hitting him for three consecutive fours to get off the mark and then three more boundaries from four deliveries, as he raced to his fifty from 36 balls. He slowed down somewhat after that, and eventually holed out to at long-off having made 79 from 59 balls.

Cusack also completed his half-century and had made his way to 81 before nicking one to the keeper. Stuart Poynter and John Mooney made sure there would be no respite for Canada though, with Mooney dropping anchor while Poynter made a run-a-ball 31 to take Ireland past 400 and towards an imposing first-innings total.

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  • Randika on September 14, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Excellent and Clinical Ireland.. Best wishes from Sri Lanka to go a long way in world cricket. Ireland certainly do belong in the top tier. With Zimbabwe now being much more competitive again with top team I think Bangladesh really should feel threatened by the Irish emergence.

  • A on September 14, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Brilliant performance by Ireland as usual.. how many more statements they need to make before they are promoted as Full Members.. will the real ICC plz stand up?? dont want Ireland to go the way Kenya went who were ignored after the 2003 World cup brilliance.. this current team can compete - if not win - against all the Full members.. hope better sense prevails and Cricket Wins...

  • Andrew on September 13, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    @Alex Spurge - agreed, I think PNG are a real bolter, particularly if they get synergies with Oz cricket. @Irelandcricketfan - agreed that Ireland's 2nd string team is superior to Canada by a long way, but Canada is in the bottom half of the Associate world, Netherlands, Scotland & Afghanistan are competitive with Ireland. I'd like to see Ireland get some limited Test exposure soon, but they will need to win the Intercontinental Cup, the Afghanis will be formidable! @Colm Mooney - hopefully not too long!

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I'd not like to think what score we could put with Niall O'B, Joyce, Porterfield, Marshall playing, it's good to see the younger players getting a game out and well done Paul, another century :D, how long before we can try take the next step up to Test level...

  • Peter on September 13, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Ireland are so much better than the other associates that it's getting a bit embarassing. This is without five of our best players on county duty.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Any score over 300 would be beyond CanAsia. Most of their batsman average in the teens. Canadian cricket seems somewhat doomed, what with Afghanistan, Papua New Gunieau, Nepal on the rise - places where cricket is popular and cricketers home grown.

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