Zimbabwe A v Ireland, Harare, 4th day October 20, 2015

Kevin O'Brien, Mooney guide Ireland to draw

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Zimbabwe A 392 (Waller 138, Chakabva 104, Mooney 4-74) and 346 for 6 declared (Waller 118, Chakabva 101) drew with Ireland 353 (Poynter 125, Garwe 4-61) and 271 for 5 (Mooney 65*, Kevin O'Brien 56*)
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File photo: John Mooney struck a fifty and put up a crucial stand with Kevin O'Brien © ICC/Sander Tholen

Half-centuries from Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney ensured that Ireland held on for a draw against Zimbabwe A in Harare. Zimbabwe A, who began the day at 320 for 6 in their second innings, added just 26 more runs to that total before declaring. It set Ireland a target of 386 and meant the hosts had more than 80 overs to take 10 wickets and seal a victory.

Those hopes were further raised when regular blows from Brian Vitori (2 for 51) and Tatenda Mupunga (2 for 52) reduced Ireland to 141 for 5, with at least 35 more overs left in the day. However, Kevin O'Brien and Mooney held firm, batting together for more than two overs to shepherd their team to safety. Kevin O'Brien hit nine fours for his 56 not out, while Mooney's unbeaten 65 featured 11 fours. The pair's unbroken 130-run stand took Ireland to 271 for 5 before stumps were called.