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Niall O’Brien played an important role as Ireland sealed the World Cricket League Championship this afternoon.
Ireland landed a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Scotland at Stormont after edging past the same opposition at the same venue on Friday.
In the first match, former Leicestershire all-rounder Preston Mommsen scored 91 not out as Scotland made a challenging 223-9.
Ireland were 209-9 with nine balls to go despite Will Porterfield’s 62 but Tim Murtagh (23 not out) held his nerve by hitting a six and a four when nine runs were required from the last three balls.
Foxes all-rounder Rob Taylor was the unfortunate man to bowl the last over. Taylor finished with figures of 1-63 from 9.5 overs after previously making 11 with the bat. O’Brien scored 10 after batting at number four for Ireland.
Today’s match in Belfast was a more one-sided affair, with O’Brien’s terrific unbeaten 65 helping Ireland chase a target of 166 with 17 overs to spare.
Ireland had already qualified for the 2015 World Cup before the latest round of matches, and were presented with the trophy after the game.
Scotland knew on Friday that they will have to wait for the qualifying tournament for the chance of getting to Australia and New Zealand in two years time.