Ireland claim tri-series victory

Ireland claim tri-series victory

IRELAND have won the tri-series in Dubai after rain forced their final match against Scotland to be called off today.

Heavy rain had caused the start of the tie to be delayed and a reduced 20-over contest had been suggested, but further bad weather called for the game to be abandoned.

Ireland will now set their sights on the World Cup, which starts in February.

Max Sorensen is welcomed into the fold as Tim Murtagh's replacement in the World Cup squad, after it was confirmed last night that the injured bowler would not recover in time for next month’s tournament.

The call was made after Murtagh received the news that after surgery his fractured foot would not heal by the time the tournament kicks off.

He sustained the injury on the first day of training for the Dubai tri-series.

Coach Phil Simmons, said: “It is heart-breaking news for Tim so close to the World Cup and the squad and all staff at Cricket Ireland are thinking of him.

“We are lucky that Max has been out here in Dubai with us as part of a group of fast-bowlers working with National Academy Manager Craig Hogan, and is well placed to join the squad straight away for what is a tough tournament ahead in Australia and New Zealand.”

Sorensen was omitted from the 15-strong team originally named for next month's trip.

Ireland ended the tri-series at the top of the table, following this morning's match being called off.

Despite the victory, concern will still be raised about Ireland’s attack after they suffered a 71-run defeat by Afghanistan on Saturday.

Ireland started the game against Afghanistan in control, until Najibulla Zadran hit 52 from three overs to establish a total of 246-8.

He recorded an impressive 83 from 50 balls, whilst Paul Stirling could only manage a top score of 36 for Ireland in a reply of 175 all out.