One-run vic­tory for Scots against Ire­land

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

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.

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