Ireland v Scotland, WCL Championship, Belfast September 6, 2013

Murtagh's late show dashes Scotland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 225 for 9 (Porterfield 62, Haq 3-26) beat Scotland 223 for 9 (Mommsen 91*, Dockrell 4-24) by one wicket
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Three days after a brilliant spell of bowling nearly shocked England in Malahide, Tim Murtagh delivered with the bat to serve a big blow to Scotland's chances of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup.

Murtagh slugged a six and a four when nine were needed from three balls to squeeze Ireland home for a one-wicket victory in Belfast. The defeat means Scotland cannot now finish in the top two of the World Cricket League Championship and must now wait for the qualifying tournament for the chance to book a place in Australia and New Zealand.

Having made 269 for 7 against England earlier in the week, Ireland were fancied to chase 224 but their middle order stumbled badly after a bright start. Murtagh arrived at the wicket with 15 needed from nine balls but he and George Dockrell could only manage singles from the next six deliveries.

But with boundaries required, Murtagh found his touch and blasted left-arm seamer Rob Taylor over long-off for six to leave three needed in two balls. He put the next delivery through point to seal victory.

Ireland had been in big trouble. William Porterfield continued his excellent form with a half-century and added 95 for the first wicket with Paul Stirling to put the pursuit on course. But they then coughed up four wickets for 17 runs in six overs as Majid Haq's offspin picked up three wickets.

Finally Trent Johnston and Max Sorensen settled things and got the chase moving again with six boundaries between them but Johnston fell with 44 still remaining. Sorensen and Murtagh managed to bring the requirement down to 17 from the final two overs but Sorensen fell trying to swing Machan out of the ground. The requirement looked beyond Ireland until Murtagh's late hitting.

It was a bitter disappointment for Scotland who had looked on course to take the first game in the two-match series, which will be followed by a four-day Intercontinental Cup game. Preston Mommsen's unbeaten 91 gave them a solid total.

He was by far the standout performance of the Scotland innings. His 122-ball stay included 10 fours and held the innings together. The next highest score was 27 as they failed to find significant partnerships. Matt Machan made that second-top score from only 25 balls but more was asked of him in the absence of Kyle Coezter.

George Dockrell tore through the middle order, finishing with 4 for 24 as Scotland were kept well within range. But Safyaan Sharif's late burst of 26 in 25 balls bumped Scotland up to a competitive total.

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  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    now is the time for afghanistan team to win both two maches

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Go Afghanistan and show ur form 2 the world. Long life Afghanistan.

  • Shipu on September 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Ireland really need a newer challenge. Yes they have only just beaten Scotland but if you look at the overall points table, Ireland are clearly ahead without much trouble. Love to see some ODI series between Bangladesh and Ireland before the World Cup. Would do good for both teams especially Ireland and prove many more things.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Go Go afghanistan and beat kenya. Long life Afghanistan.

  • Fazal Mahmood on September 7, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    90% chance for Afghanistan to qualify!

  • Amit on September 7, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    i want to see UAE qualify,my support with UAE.hope they win there matches

  • Fazal Mahmood on September 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Big opportunity for the Afghanistan team, to make their dream a realty, they should spear no efforts to win both the games against Kenya, Best of luck to them!

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Congratulations to Will Porterfield on becoming the first Irish cricketer to pass 2000 odi runs for Ireland. Well played sir!

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    That must be a crushing loss for the Scottish lads who were still in with a big chance of automatic qualification for the WC had they won here, big shame for them.

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Too good for Afghanistan

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