T20 World Cup Qualifier: Ireland ease past Hong Kong by eight wickets in opener

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Ireland ease past Hong Kong was assisted by the unbeaten 70 of andrew Balbirnie with eight wickets in their first match of the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Abu Dhabi.
153-5 was left by hong Kong away their 20 overs, Kinchit Shah scoring 79 off 54 balls and Mark Adair carrying 2-22.
Ireland reached to spare, Balbirnies innings being backed up.
Their next Group B match is contrary to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
Ireland and fixtures from Jersey, Canada, Oman and Nigeria will play to complete the group stage of the tournament.
They have to finish within their own group of seven in the top four areas to stay in contention for eligibility.
Top place will secure qualification in Australia at years T20 World Cup finals.
Together with Stuart Thompson, Gareth Delany and David Delany taking a wicket apiece A partnership of 60 helped Hong Kong to their complete.
Ireland were 10-1 in response when Kevin OBrien was conducted out for a duck but the innings off 36 balls, including eight fours and two sixes of Stirling, got their response back on track until he was captured off the bowling of Aizaz Khan.
Balbirnie watched Ireland house in the company.
Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt established a reputation for attention – as All Blacks lock Jarrad Hoeata recalls.
Team news, stats and things they stated as Ireland confront holders New Zealand in Saturdays World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo.
Cargin manager Damian Cassidy is currently urging his Antrim SFC champions to make the most of their chance to play at the Ulster club tournament.

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