Ireland were surprisingly beaten by Namibia in their opening T20 World Cup qualifying match.
Namibia posted a score of 160 all out before Ireland ran out of overs in response and lost by six runs with one wicket still in hand. Gerry Wilson top scored for the Irish with 49 runs and John Mooney’s 37 meant that Ireland need a boundary off the last ball to tie, but it was not to be.
George Dockrell led the attack for Ireland and posted figures of three for the loss of 30 runs from his four overs with Paul Stirling conceding just 20 runs whilst sending three batsmen back to the pavilion.
Luis van der Westhuizen did most damage for Namibia, hitting 34 in 16 balls before falling to Stirling. The Namibians ripped through Ireland’s top order with Ireland’s top batsman out for a duck; captain Will Portferfield gone for 11; though Kevin O’Brien provided some resistance hitting a quick-fire 20 and Joyce was gone for just five.
It was the middle order that provided most resistance, with Wilson and Mooney taking the fight to Namibia. Overs were running out though and Ireland’s final realistic hopes of taking something from the match were finished when Mooney was run out with three balls remaining.