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February 18, 2006
Ireland 166 for 4 (Morgan 60*) beat Uganda 165 for 8 b six wickets
Ireland ended their World Cup campaign with a second successive win, this time against Uganda in the Plate Championship play-off final on Saturday. Eoin Morgan's side restricted Uganda to 165 for 8 and then knocked off the required runs for just four wickets.
Morgan was the man who steered his side home with an unbeaten 60 as Ireland secured the victory with 14.1 overs in hand. The win meant Ireland finished as the 13th-ranked of the 16 teams in action, ahead of Uganda, Namibia, and Scotland.
Ireland's victory was founded upon some excellent, disciplined spin bowling that strangled the Uganda innings.
Gary Kidd took 2 for 26, the legspinner Greg Thompson picked up 1 for 21 and James Hall took 0 for 37. Jimmy Okello topscored for Uganda with 45 from 84 balls with three fours, but in the face of impressive Ireland bowling only one other player - Davis Arinaitwe with 21 - reached 20.
Uganda started off well when they bowled, removing both Ireland's openers for 31 but then Morgan took change with an 83-ball innings that included three fours and a six. He added 67 with Gary Wilson (25) and 51 with Poynter (21) and those two stands killed off any hopes Uganda had of a second successive win after their victory against Scotland on Friday.
Morgan said afterwards: "We have come a long way since being bowled out for less than 100 in our opening match against Zimbabwe and to get two wins is very pleasing.
Uganda coach Sam Walusimbi said: "Their spinners really pinned us down and slowed the scoring rate and I thought we were about 40 or 50 runs short of a good score. We were always going to struggle with the pitch getting easier and then Morgan's innings decided it."
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