Ireland reach World T20 play-off stages

Updated: March 20, 2012

Ireland have reached the play-off stages of the World Twenty 20 qualifiers with a comfortable win over Uganda in Dubai.

Ireland won by 82 runs to ensure themselves of a place in the top three in the Group, but they could guarantee first place – and a place in the qualifying final – if unbeaten Namibia fail to beat Italy on Tuesday.  Ireland finished their 20 overs with a score of 179/5.   William Porterfield top scored with 53 from 43 balls while Gary Wilson (30) and Kevin O’Brien (39 not out) also made important contributions.

The Ugandans were then skittled out for 97 and in reality, never looked likely to overturn the Irish score.  Trent Johnson led the Irish attack with figures of two wickets for the loss of just eight runs using the new ball as the Uganda top order collapsed.  George Dockrell (three for 26) and Kevin O’Brien (two for seven) also contributed to the African’s demise; who were all out by the 16th over.

Ireland now play Oman in their last group match on Tuesday.

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