Ireland Win Challenge T20 Warm Up Fixture

January 10th 2017 | International


Ireland Win Challenge T20 Warm Up Fixture

The Irish Men’s Team have won their Desert T20 Challenge Warm Up fixture against the Bukhatir XI this morning, winning by 86 runs.

The Bukhatir XI side is made up of employees from the Bukhatir Group and of players from the Sharjah Cricket Academy.

Having won the toss and batted first, Ireland made 144/8 from their 20 overs. Kevin O’Brien put in a player of the match performance, by hitting 54 (43) batting at number 4. There was support from captain William Porterfield, who hit 35 (32).

In reply, the Bukhatir XI were 58 all out in 17.2 Overs, Stuart Thompson finished with 2-3 from 2 Overs, while Craig Young and teenager Josh Little took 2-7. Returning to the Irish side from a broken leg, Boyd Rankin had figures of 2-8 from 2 his Overs.

The first match of the tournament for Ireland is against Afghanistan on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Tournament Information

Date: Jan 14-20, 2017.

Venues:  Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
              Dubai International Cricket Stadium.


William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning), George Dockrell (Leinster/Leinster Lightning), Josh Little (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning), Jacob Mulder (CIYMS/Northern Knights), Andrew McBrine (Donemana/NW Warriors), Barry McCarthy (Durham/Leinster Lightning), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union/Leinster Lightning), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Greg Thompson (Waringstown, Northern Knights), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton/NW Warriors), Gary Wilson (Derbyshire), Craig Young (Bready/NW Warriors).


14th Jan –Afghanistan v Ireland

Time: 3pm.
Venue: Abu Dhabi Cricket Club’s Zayed Cricket Stadium

17th Jan – Ireland v Namibia
Time: 10am.
Venue: Abu Dhabi Cricket Club’s Zayed Cricket Stadium

18th Jan – UAE v Ireland
Time: 10am.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City

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