IRELAND CONTINUED THEIR unbeaten run in the World League earlier today, earning a 59-run win against Afghanistan.
After rain had initially delayed the game, Ireland endured a nervy start, finding themselves with a score of 89-7 early on.
The Irish were all out for 163 in the 47th over, though Phil Simmons’ men improved considerably thereafter, and some top class bowling and fielding meant their opponents were all-out for 104 in the 34th over.
Speaking after the match, Ed Joyce paid tribute to his teammate Trent Johnston.
“We needed a few early wickets and Trent bowled beautifully. He didn’t really bowl bad ball to be fair and then Cusie [Alex Cusack] did the same.
“It was a bit slow and nibbly, the wicket, it was very difficult to drive it, so you had to rein in your natural instincts from playing that shot.”
He also expressed satisfaction with the progress of his side’s World Cup qualification bid.
“We would’ve liked to have played the other game, but we got three points from four against a very strong side.”
Meanwhile, his teammate Alex Cusack admitted that it was a less-than-assured display from the side.
“It wasn’t easy out there. For the team that bats first, it’s going to be very tough because of the weather out here.”
He explained how the Ireland team could not afford to get too despondent, despite their difficult start to the game.
“You can’t get too down. You have to keep your heads up and try to turn it around.
“You just have to keep batting away and doing the right things, and hope it goes well.”