Ireland claim one-day international series victory over Scotland
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Ireland claim one-day international series victory over Scotland

IRELAND clinched a 2-0 series win at Malahide after beating Scotland by three wickets in the one-day international series.

The hosts invited the Scots to bat first, after Ireland captain Kevin O’Brien won the toss after a delayed start.

An unbeaten century from Richie Berrington drove the visitors to a score line of 221 all out.

Following Craig Young’s five-wicket haul on the opening day of the series, the Irishman picked up three more on Wednesday, with Max Sorensen also impressing for Ireland with 4-40.

The pair used the new ball with great success and reduced the Scots to 48-5 after 11 overs. John Mooney and O'Brien chipped in with one wicket each.

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Ireland responded to the visitors’ score with moderate efforts from Andrew Balbirnie (16) and John Anderson (12), but both were taken out by Josh Davey.

The home side progressed with O'Brien hitting 67 as they reached 225-7 with more than 34 balls remaining.

O'Brien and Andrew Poynter enjoyed a good partnership with the experienced duo adding 68 before Poynter fell to Berrington for 21.

The Irish skipper was soon caught behind off Evans for 67 (9 fours). Poynter was then needlessly run-out, giving Scotland a sign of hope.

Ireland made heavy work of things when Stuart Thompson's 39 ended with him trapped leg before by Michael Leask.

Andrew White followed suit, bringing Mooney and Sorensen together with 37 still needed.

Mooney delivered with an unbeaten 27 and Sorensen 14 as Ireland finally sealed a series win.

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The sides will meet again tomorrow for the final match of the series.