Ireland have won the Tri-Series in Dubai claiming their fourth straight win defeating Scotland. The Irish posted a big total 331 in their 50 overs with Paul Stirling top scoring ith 74 and 10 fours in 88 balls. While nobody made a century it was a team effort with a number of players got themselves in including Niall O’Brient (51) Andrew Balbirnie (47) Kevin O’Brien (46) and Gary Wilson (40*) all contributing to the total
The reply was always going to be a tall order for Scotland. As in their first game Michael Jones top scored with 74. Michael Leask was Scotland’s main hope hitting a quick fire 59 off 35 balls with 2 sixes. But the chase essentially came to a halt when he was bowled by George Dockrell. Scotland survived the 50 overs but came up 24 runs short. Scotland and the UAE will play two more games, but having won all four of their matches, Ireland cannot be caught and will be the winners of this Tri-Series.
Ireland’s batting power was too much for Scotland as the Irish took their third straight victory in the Tri-Series in Dubai. Scotland batted first but despite an impressive knock of 87 from Michael Jones the scoring rate was not enough and they only posted 219. Ireland were always on top in reply led be Andrew Balbirnie (67) and Niall O’ Brien (55) When the two fell it gave Scotland a glimmer of hope but it was quickly shut down by Ed Joyce (31 Not Out) and Kevin O’Brien who built on the base they had been given to see Ireland home with a full 15 overs to spare.
If Ireland beat Scotland in the next game they will claim victory in the series regardless of the final two games between Scotland and the UAE.
Ireland took their second win in the Tri-Series beating the UAE for a second time in Dubai. Ireland batted first with captain William Porterfield leading the way with 139 with Andrew Balbirnie also getting a century (103) as Ireland posted 301. It was always too much for the UAE as scoreboard pressure told. Refeez Shahzad top scored with 50 for the second game in a row but he could not kick on which would have been needed to make this a real contest. Kevin O’Brien took 4 wickets as the Irish ran out comfortable 77 run winners to put themselves in a very strong position looking ahead to their next game with Scotland.
Ireland began the Tri-Series with a victory against the UAE in Dubai. Disciplined Irish bowling restricted the UAE to 222 with Rameez Shahzad top scoring with 75. Nobody else got a half century as Irish pressure told. In reply it was Ed Joyce who led the way. He hit 116 Not out from 149 balls supported by Gary Wilson with 53. They timed the chase perfectly, Wilson was out just before Ireland got to the target but Joyce hit the winning runs with 4 balls to spare to get Ireland off to a winning start. The two sides will meet again before the third side involved, Scotland, enter the fray.
Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco
Murray returns to form in Dubai
After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.
America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.
A huge innings from Martin Guptill ensured the series between New Zelaand and South Africa would go to a final match decider. AB de Villiers top scored with 72 as South Africa put 279 on the board. It was not going to be enough as Guptill’s fast start put New Zealand well ahead of schedule. Ross Taylor supported with 66 but Guptill was there at the end on 180 Not Out, hitting 11 sixes in the process as the hosts got home with 5 overs to spare to make it 2-2 going into the final match in Auckland
South Africa have won a second series in a row on New Zealand soil after winning the decider in a low scoring contest at Eden Park. The South Africans made the right call in fielding first as New Zealand found it difficult to find any rhythm. Only Colin de Grandhomme with 32 got into the 30’s as New Zealand were bowled out for 149. South Africa eased to their target as Faf du Plessis with 51 not out and David Miller 45 Not out both saw it through. It is New Zealand’s first home series defeat since 2014 against the same opponents. The win means South Africa are confirmed as number 1 in the world in the one day game..
England have a 1-0 lead in their series in the West Indies after a comfortable win in Antigua. England batted first with Captain Eoin Morgan leading the way scoring 107. He was supported by Ben Stokes (55) and Sam Billings (52) as England posted 296. It was always going to be enough. When Jason Mohammad was run out for 72 the hosts only real chance had gone as Chris Woakes 4 wickets kept the pressure on with England eventually bowling them out for 251 and a 45 run win.
The extra experience of Ireland told as they took a 1-0 lead in their series with the UAE. Ireland captain and opener William Porterfield top scored with 100 and Kevin O’Brien hit 67 enabling Ireland to post a good total of 270 which was always going to be a tall order for the UAE to chase down despite the excellent efforts of Zahoor Khan who took 6 wickets for the hosts. So it proved as they got behind the run rate from the start. Graham Dockrell took three wickets as Ireland eased their way to an 85 run win with no UAE player making a half century. Ireland now cannot lose as this is only a two match series.
Ireland sealed a 2-0 series victory over the UAE in Dubai. the UAE batted first scoring 202 with Sahiman Anwar top scoring with 45. Craig Young and Andy McBrine took 3 wickets each restricting the UAE and putting Ireland in pole position to win. The duly did so, William Porterfield followed up his century in the first game with 76. When he departed it was left to Andy Balbirnie to steer Ireland home, his solid and sensibly played 56 Not Out ensured a comfortable 8 wicket win and the expected series result.
Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Svitolina v Wozniacki
Brilliant Svitolina claims sixth WTA Title
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina took her second title of 2017 with an imperious display against Dane Caroline Wozniacki. Svitolina time and again turned defense into attack as the former world number 1 Wozniacki had no answer. Svitolina broke three times in a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win. Wozniacki’s form has shown a big improvement as this is her second final in two weeks, but she has been on the losing end both times. After winning in Taiwan Svitolina has added another title and moves into the top 10 for the first time. One to watch come the French Open and Wimbledon.
Timea Babos gave the home Hungarian crowd plenty to cheer winning an excellent quality final against Czech Lucie Safarova. After a tight first set it was Safarova who struck first taking the tie break. Babos got the break at 4-4 in the second set converting the only set point either player had. Babos then served four aces to level the score. She then took control breaking again to take the decider 6-3 and take her second WTA title.