Ireland tops table after convincing victory over Namibia


Dubai: Ireland had the fairly straightforward task of picking up three wickets on the final day of its four-day tie against host Namibia to notch up its second win in the ICC Intercontinental Cup on Tuesday and it did so without much fuss.

Namibia resisted for a little over an hour, adding 39 runs in the process, but Ireland wrapped up the formalities to surge the top of the points table with a win by an innings and 107 runs at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek.

The Ireland bowlers, who were clinical in bowling Namibia out for 251 in the first innings, were as effective in Namibia’s second hit, reducing it to 169 for 7 by end of the third day. In the end, 212 runs were all Namibia managed.

Namibia’s response, over two innings, was to Ireland’s first-innings total of 570 for 6 declared, which came on the back of William Porterfield’s 186 and 205 in 201 balls from Ed Joyce, who was named the Man of the Match.

Ireland, which had defeated United Arab Emirates by an innings and 26 runs in its opening tie, has now accumulated 40 points, followed by the Netherlands with 26 and Namibia in third place with 20.

The next Intercontinental Cup fixture is between UAE and Hong Kong, the two teams at the bottom of the eight-team table, here at the ICC Academy grounds here in Dubai from November 11 to 14.