One-run victory for Scots against Ireland
Scotland have beaten Ireland by one run in their Twenty20 World Cup qualifying warmup match.
The Scots won the toss and chose to bat at the Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi, and posted 210 for eight with George Munsey notching up an impressive 86 runs – reaching his half-century from 21 balls – and Oli Hairs harvesting 39 with David Delany taking three for 35 for the Irish.
Ireland fought back with Andrew Balbirnie hitting 70 amid increasing excitement.
However, Safyaan Sharif proved to be Scotland’s key man as he bowled Adair Mark, who was sitting on 45, and ran out Delany on his last two deliveries for a narrow victory, with the
“Sharif proved to be Scotland’s key man as he bowled Mark”
Irish finishing on 209 for nine.
Scotland open the tournament against Singapore in Dubai on Friday with Ireland facing Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi on the same day.
Meanwhile, England’s seam-bowling allrounder Jenny Gunn has announced her international retirement.
Gunn’s 259 appearances in all formats since making her debut in 2004, aged 17, place her second on England’s all-time list behind former captain Charlotte Edwards (309).
The 33-year-old is the second member of the 2017 World Cup-winning side to bow out from England duty in recent weeks, with wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor doing so last month because of her ongoing battle with anxiety.