The hosts UAE finally got a win in their home Tri Series in the final game against Scotland. The Scots set the home side a challenging target. Richie Berrington hit a fine 90 including 2 sizes and opener Kyle Coetzer got 75 as Scotland got up to 299 in their 50 overs. A score normally good enough to win at this level.
The pitch dd not deteriorate for batting however and the UAE took advantage to make it an exciting contest. Opener Asfiq Ahmed hit 3 sixes in his 92 falling just short of a century. The star though was Rameez Shahzad who got a century and was the key to the UAE claiming victory. He did what he needed to do staying until the end and hitting the winning runs with 5 balls to spare. Shahzad ended 121 Not Out as the hosts celebrated a rare victory.
Ireland had already won the tournament with four wins out of four, but this win is a boost for the UAE going into the World Cup Qualifiers which will be a tough ask for both the UAE and Scotland due to the reduction in second tier nations getting places at the World Cup. Ireland will be among the favourites to claim a World Cup place.
TRI-SERIES CRICKET GAME 5 AT THE ICC ACADEMY, DUBAI, UAE
Scotland 249-8 (50) (Cross 107*Anwar 3-61)
UAE 218 (46.3) (Shabber 90)
SCOTLANDWIN BY 31 RUNS
Matthew Cross was the hero for Scotland as his excellent century set up Scotland’s first win in the Dubai Tri-Series beating the hosts the UAE. Cross hit 2 sixes in his 107 Not Out from 110 balls. His main support came from George Munsey with 45 as Scotland ended with a total of 249. Shaiman Anwar took three of the Scotland wickets with the ball for the home side.
In reply the hopes of a UAE win rested on Wicket Keeper Ghulam Shabber who was keeping the UAE in touch with his batting. When he was run out for 90 the challenge collapsed and Scotland took control. From there wickets begin to fall and the batsmen ran out for the UAE as they were bowled all out for 218 to give Scotland a confidence boost. The two will meet one more time to complete the series that Ireland have already won. One last chance for both of these sides to go into the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with a victory.
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.