A superb century from Paul Stirling put Ireland in control on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup game against Canada at Rathmines. The Middlesex batsman smashed 107 off just 121 balls to help Ireland up to 435-7 at the close of play.
Ireland won the toss this morning and elected to bat first and straight away it seemed the right decision. Openers Stirling and Gary Wilson both reached half centuries as Canada’s bowlers failed to make inroads into Ireland’s batting line up. The score was on 155 before the home side lost their first wicket. Wilson fell to Chohan for a well compiled 61. The fall of the wicket didn’t stop Stirling as he went about his business, smashing eighteen fours and two sixes on his way to a ton. He was well supported by Clontarf’s Alex Cusack who also made a half century. Stirling fell for 107, bowled by Hansra with the score on 185. Andrew Poynter or Andrew White didn’t stay around long and both fell leaving Ireland on 236-4. Kevin O’Brien joined Cusack as the pair took the score past 350 before O’Brien was caught by Siddiqui for 79. Cusack was dismissed a short while after for 81 as Ireland closed on 435-7. Stuart Poynter fell for a quick 31 just before the close of play as John Mooney continued Ireland’s dominance.
Ireland will look to take advantage of their dominance on Day one when play resumes tomorrow with Ireland on 435-7.