Ireland win World Cup qualifying encounter against UAE

Ireland's cricketers have won their second World Cup qualifying encounter against the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah.

Ireland win World Cup qualifying encounter against UAE

Ireland's cricketers have won their second World Cup qualifying encounter against the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah.

The win takes the Irish six points clear at the top of the World Cup qualification table.

With four games remaining in the tournament, one win in their double-header fixtures against The Netherlands (in July) or Scotland (in September) would see the Irish on the way to Australia in 2015.

Former skipper Johnston (4-25) was at his inspirational best, taking the early wickets of Shakoor and Asif, and then returning to remove the dangerous Swapnil Patil and Khurram Khan, both of whom made 30.

In the process Johnston became Ireland’s 3rd most successful bowler after overtaking his former team-mate and current Irish selector, Kyle McCallan. Johnston’s haul now stands at 257 wickets, with only Dermott Monteith (326) and Jimmy Boucher (307) in front of him.

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