Sant­ner spins New Zealand to vic­tory

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DUBLIN: Mitchell Sant­ner’s ca­reer best ODI fig­ures set up a 51run vic­tory for New Zealand in their open­ing tri-na­tion se­ries game against Ire­land in Malahide.

Sant­ner fin­ished with five for 50 as Ire­land were bowled out for 238 in the 46th over, the hosts los­ing their last five wick­ets for 26 runs.

Niall O’Brien pro­vided valiant re­sis­tance as Ire­land threat­ened an up­set, but once he be­came the eighth man out for 109 the game was up for the home side.

O’Brien’s first ODI cen­tury came off 125 balls, with nine fours and five sixes, but the only bats­men to stay with him were An­drew Bal­birnie (36) in a third­wicket stand of 86 and Gary Wil­son (30) in a fifth-wicket part­ner­ship of 75.

Scott Kuggeleijn, on his ODI de­but, re­moved Ire­land open­ers Wil­liam Porter­field and Paul Stir­ling in his first three overs and re­turned to have Wil­son caught in the cov­ers by Ross Tay­lor to spark the Ire­land col­lapse.

The other Black­caps debu­tant, Seth Rance, fin­ished the match with his first wicket, trap­ping last man Peter Chase leg be­fore.

Ire­land also gave a de­but to off­spin­ning all-rounder Simi Singh, who came in for Stuart Thomp­son in the only change to the team that played Bangladesh in the open­ing game of the se­ries on Fri­day.

Neil Broom was the star of the New Zealand in­nings, hit­ting 79 from 63 balls with nine fours and a six, to build on half cen­turies from Ross Tay­lor (52) and George Worker (50).

Both reached their 50s, but both were out im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards, Tay­lor caught by the Ir­ish cap­tain at point and Worker, whose half-cen­tury took 88 balls, with just three fours, caught at deep mid-wicket.

Broom how­ever en­sured a big fin­ish for New Zealand, who scored 130 off the last 15 overs.

The pick of the Ire­land bowlers was Kevin O’Brien with one for 46 and al­though George Dock­rell, the only spin­ner used, fin­ished wick­et­less, he con­ceded only 42 runs.

Peter Chase could not con­tinue his good early sea­son form, go­ing for 74 runs and tak­ing his only wicket in the last over. AFP

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