Thursday, 2 February, 2023

Raw Doheny hits 84 as Ireland make 294-7 in Zimbabwe ODI

Raw Doheny hits 84 as Ireland make 294-7 in Zimbabwe ODI

Stephen Doheny made light of his lack of international experience as he top scored with 84 as Ireland posted 294-7 in a one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare on Saturday.

The 24-year-old batsman-wicketkeeper made his ODI debut three days earlier in the series opener and scored just three runs as Zimbabwe won by three wickets.

But it was a different story in his second outing as he struck a six and seven fours in a 111-minute stand before being caught at mid-off by former England Test batsman Gary Ballance.

His opening partner Paul Stirling, deputising as captain for injury Andy Balbirnie, set a good example with 45 runs, including two sixes and four fours, before Ballance caught him at fine leg.

Harry Tector followed up a century three days ago with a brisk 75 off 61 deliveries, including one six and seven fours, before he was caught by Ryan Burl at deep mid-wicket.

Fast medium pace pair Tendai Chatara (3-51) and Burl (2-66) were the best of the Zimbabwe bowlers.

The team winning the toss and opting to bat second has won all four previous matches on the tour -- three in a Twenty20 series won 2-1 by Zimbabwe and the first ODI.