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Zimbabwe thrash Ireland

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Zimbabwe’s preparations for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup started on a bright note after they won their first warm-up match against Ireland on Sunday.

Opening batsman Brendan Taylor scored an unbeaten 84 off 121 balls as Zimbabwe convincingly beat Ireland by six wickets at the Dubai International Sports City Stadium.

Taylor’s knock, which included five boundaries and a six, was the major catalyst as Zimbabwe chased down’s Ireland’s paltry 204 all out with ease and reached 208 for five with 37 balls to spare.

The Zimbabwe team was still at its best despite the absence of regulars Prosper Utseya and wicketkeeper batsman Tatenda Taibu as the selectors experimented on some new combinations.

Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to field before the spinners did most of the damage with off-spinner Greg Lamb being the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 30 runs in 10 overs.

Leg spinner Graeme Cremer chipped in with two wickets for 21 runs while Ray Price also grabbed a wicket with Regis Chakabva impressive behind the stumps in the absence of Taibu.

Skipper Elton Chigumbura also took up the bowling duties for the first time in a long time and shared a wicket apiece with fellow seamer Ed Rainsford.

Ireland’s skipper William Porterfield top-scored with 66 runs while Ed Joyce and Andrew White both departed in the forties before a lower order collapse restricted them to just 204 runs in 48,1 overs.

Zimbabwe were using the match to try out new combinations, which saw Charles Coventry opening the batting with Taylor and the two combined for a first wicket partnership stand of 58 runs.

The usually aggressive Coventry showed that he is capable of adjusting his game and scored 26 runs off 35 balls in a knock that included two fours before he was clean-bowled by Alex Cusack.

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