T20 World Cup: Brilliant Campher helps Ireland beat Scotland to keep hope alive | Cricket News


HOBART: Curtis Camphor hit his first half-century after a superb performance with the ball to lead Ireland to a six-wicket victory over Scotland and keep alive their hopes of a T20 World Cup Super12 stage here on Wednesday.
Campher bailed Ireland out of trouble while chasing a challenging 177-run target and took his side home with one over to spare in the first round Group B match.
The victory breathed new life into Ireland’s T20 World Cup campaign, which got off to a stuttering start when they lost to Zimbabwe by 31 runs in the opening match.
Troubled at 61 for 4 in the 10th over, Campher (72 not out) joined hands with George Dockrell (39 not out) as the duo shared 119 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand to set the target on the old in order to chase down comfortably.
Campher decorated his quick-fire 32-ball knock with seven fours and two sixes, while Dockrell hit four boundaries and one maximum.
Lorcan Tucker (20), captain Andy Balbarinie (14) and Harry Tector (14) were the other notable scorers for Ireland.
Campher’s exploits with the bat came after the all-rounder proved the pick of the bowlers for Ireland with figures of 2/9 from his two overs of medium-fast bowling on the right.
Earlier, Michael Jones also hit his first T20I fifty, a scintillating 55-ball 86, to ease Scotland to 176 for 5.
Captain Richie Berrington (37), Matthew Cross (28) and Michael Leask (17 not out) also played useful hands for the Scots.
Scotland didn’t get off to the best of starts after electing to bat, losing George Munsey early before Jones and Cross shared 59 runs for the second wicket to stabilize the innings.
After Cross’ dismissal, Jones stitched 77 runs with captain Berrington and a brisk 33 from just 16 balls with Leask before perishing in the penultimate over.
Besides Camphor, Mark Adair (1/23) and Josh Little (1/30) each took a wicket for the Irish.
Both Scotland, who stunned the West Indies by 42 runs in their opening match, and Ireland are on two points from as many matches and in contention to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the showpiece.
Ireland take on the West Indies in their final first-round game on Friday, while Scotland face Zimbabwe.


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