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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Kiwis fruit, Ireland withers

New Zealand defeated Ireland by 129 runs with 74 balls to spare in their Super Eight fixture at Guyana. Peter Fulton's 83/110b held the NZ innings together early. He was fifth out at 176; shortly afterwards Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori followed him making the score 7/189 in the 43rd over. Brendon McCullum (47/37b)and James Franklin (34 n o /22b) demonstrated the depth of the Black Caps' batting and hit out, adding 45 from the last three overs, to take the total to a healthy 8/263.

This was well beyond the reach of Ireland, who struggled against Shane Bond (2/18), Daniel Vettori (4/23) and Jeetan Patel (2/32). Kevin O'Brien (49/45b) fought, but the middle order and tail threw in the towel, losing 6/9 to the Black Cap spinners. A comfortable, and not unexpected win, to New Zealand though Ireland's performance at the end of each innings made the gap between the sides look larger than it had done for much of the match.

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