Canada v Ireland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Toronto, 4th day

Andrew White guides Ireland to victory

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September 3, 2010

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Ireland 261 (White 84, O'Brien 57, Osinde 5-68) and 176 for 4 (Botha 61, White 59*, Osinde 2-30) beat Canada 120 (Surkari 28, Johnston 5-23, Eastwood 3-30) and 316 (Bagai 90, Surkari 72, O' Brien 5-39) by six wickets
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Andrew White and John Mooney took Ireland to victory, Canada v Ireland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Toronto, 4th day, September 3, 2010
An unbeaten partnership of 59 runs between Andrew White and John Mooney took Ireland to victory against Canada © Bryan Vandenburg, Cricket Canada
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Andrew White's unbeaten half-century took Ireland to a six-wicket victory against Canada in Toronto even as rain threatened to thwart Irish hopes on the last day of an absorbing match.

Play began with Ireland four down and requiring only 52 to win with rain forecast for the day. White and John Mooney began patiently before White opened up in the fourth over, driving and pulling Rizwan Cheema for consecutive fours. With 28 runs still needed, rain interrupted proceedings and no play was possible for a major portion of the day. Ireland's optimism was turning into despair, but the sun eventually came out and play resumed.

White did not waste time, reaching his fifty with consecutive fours off Khurram Chohan. He then pulled Umar Bhatti past midwicket to bring up Ireland's victory, remaining unbeaten on 59 off 73 deliveries with eight fours. Mooney was not out on 16 off 35 balls with three fours in an unbroken 59-run stand for the fifth wicket. White was named Man of the Match for guiding Ireland to victory after top-scoring with 84 in the first innings.

It was a comfortable win ultimately for Ireland after Canada had fought back on the second and third days. Ireland now have 52 points from five matches and are placed fourth in the points table. They take on third-placed Zimbabwe XI in Harare in their last match, which begins on September 20. Canada finished last with five losses in six games.

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