Ed Joyce: Veteran's unbeaten 116 helps Ireland recover to beat UAE in ODI

From BBC - January 11, 2018

Ed Joyce's unbeaten 116 helped Ireland recover from a perilous position to beat the United Arab Emirates by four wickets in the one-day game in Dubai.

Chasing the hosts' total of 222-9, Ireland were in trouble at 5-2 and then 91-5 before Joyce's brilliance steered them to victory.

Joyce, 39, put on 131 runs with Gary Wilson before the Derbyshire man was out for 53 as the scores were tied.

Fittingly, ex-Sussex and Middlesex player Joyce then hit the winning four.

In Graham Ford's first match in charge of the Irish, Joyce was back in the team after missing last month's series victory over Afghanistan because of a knee injury.

The Irish face the UAE again in Dubai on Saturday before further games against Scotland on Monday and Wednesday as the teams prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in March.

After Ireland opted to field, Rameez Shahzad top-scored for the hosts with 75 with Mohammad Boota contributing 37 and opener Ashfaq Ahmed hitting 35.


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