Ireland hit back in Mombasa

Joyce stars in Kenya thrashing

Last updated: 20th February 2012  

Ireland hit back in Mombasa

Ed Joyce: Top-scored in the match with 88 from 125 balls

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Ireland skittled Kenya for just 120 to win their ICC World Cricket League encounter by 117 runs in Mombasa.

After losing the previous match between the teams by seven wickets on Saturday, Ireland swiftly made amends with an accomplished all-round performance.

Sussex left-hander Ed Joyce led the way with the bat, his determined 88 the cornerstone in Ireland's competitive 237-9 total batting first.

Kenya never threatened in reply, slumping to 37-5 before being bowled out in just 35.1 overs.

The wickets were well spread with Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell each taking two apiece.


Ireland skipper William Porterfield won the toss and opted to bat first, but fell for 14 to James Ngoche.

Middlesex's Stirling hit a breezy 23 before following his captain to the pavilion, with Cusack falling to Hiren Varaiya for just two to leave Ireland 48-3.

Joyce anchored in for the long haul at number four, lasting 125 balls and hitting five fours and three sixes as he shared a number of decent stands with the lower middle order.

Andrew White was the best of his partners, making 28, with John Mooney adding an aggressive 23 not out at the end of the innings.

Slow left-armer Varaiya, who ended with figures of 3-46, eventually dismissed Joyce, caught in the deep.

The Kenyan response last just 35.1 overs, with wickets tumbling regularly to both seam and spin.

Boyd Rankin struck first to send back Duncan Allan, while new ball partner Johnston took care of dangerous duo David Obuya (10) and Tanmay Mishra (two).

Only number nine Shen Ngoche (28) passed 20 as slow bowlers Dockrell and Stirling took care of the lower order.

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