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August 21, 2012
South Africa A 96 for 4 (Ingram 36, Sorensen 2-11) defeated Ireland XI 143 for 8 (Shannon 32, Phangiso 3-29) by six wickets (D/L method)
South Africa A took a 2-0 lead in their limited overs series against Ireland A with a rain-affected six-wicket victory over the hosts in Belfast.
Ireland A's innings spluttered to 143 for 8 before rain ended it in the 41st over, Duckworth Lewis calculations setting South Africa A the target of 135 in 35 overs.
James Shannon went closest to making a substantial score for the Irish, reaching 32 before he became one of three victims for the slow left-arm spin of Aaron Phangiso. No. 6 Andrew Poynter made 28, butr lack of substantial partnerships meant Ireland would always struggle to get a competitive score on the board.
The South Africans reached 19 for 1 from 4.3 overs in their pursuit before further rain culled a further 15 overs from the match, revising the target to 96 from 20 overs.
The visiting captain Colin Ingram (36) and the wicketkeeper Dane Vilas (30) produced speedy cameos to reel in the target, which was reached despite an economical and incisive spell by Max Sorensen.
The next fixture of the seven-match series is in Belfast on Thursday.
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