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IRELAND ON TOP WITH FIRST DAY HONOURS

STIRLING, CUSACK, & O'BRIEN TAKE IRISH ADVANTAGE TO 437/7
THE IRISH TOUR
ICUP & ODI SERIES
Rathan Moorthy | Cricket Canada
September 13, 2011
IRELAND's PAUL STIRLING NOTCHED HIS SECOND FIRST CLASS CENTURY.

Canada's Intercontinental Cup fixture with Ireland is underway from Observatory Lane in Dublin.  

After winning the toss and electing to bat, an agressive stand by Irish openers Paul Stirling (107), notching his second first class century, and Gary Wilson (61) gave Ireland a perfect start to the day.  Their 155 run opening partnership was headlined by Stirling's superb 116 ball hundered, compiled by 18 boundaries and 2 sixes.  

With both openers departing early in the 2nd session, Canada fought back claiming 4 wickets and holding momentum until the 115 run partnership of Kevin O'Brien (79) & Alex Cusack (81) maintained the Irish advantage. 

Canadian Captain Jimmy Hansra gave credit to the Irish batting but will look for a better effort from his bowlers.

"Ireland batted really well throughout the day ... Obviously there are some things that we have discussed internally and would like to see improvement upon tomorrow ... we can't take anything away the innings of Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien ... they were fluent."

Canadian seamers Khurram Chohan (2-86), Harvir Baidwan (1-57), Manny Aulakh (2-87), and Rizwan Cheema (1-48) claimed 6 of 7 Irish wickets on the day.  

Zahid Hussain (0-65) and Hiral Patel (0-40) bowled with good economy however were not rewarded for their efforts.  jimmy Hansra (1-46) claimed the all important wicket of Paul Stirling

Follow DAY 2 with Cricinfo’s LIVE coverage starting Wednesday at 5:30am EDT.

DAY 1 UPDATES

09.13.11 | 1:00pm EDT | STUMPS Ireland 435/7 (96 Overs)

09.13.11 | 12:30pm EDT | Harvir Baidwan claims the late wicket of Stuart Poynter (31).  Ireland are 424/7 with 5 overs left in the day.

09.13.11 | 11:45am EDT | Manny Aulakh has claimed the prize wicket of Alex Cusack (81).  Cusack top edged and skied out to Candian keeper Hamza Tariq.  Ireland are in control at 385/6 after 81 overs.  14 Overs remain in today's play. 

09.13.11 | 11:15am EDT | Rizwan Cheema has dispatched Kevin O'Brien (79) breaking his 115 run partnership with Alex Cusack.  Ireland are 351/5 after 74 overs.

09.13.11 | 11:00am EDT | Kevin O'Brien (78) & Alex Cusack (59) have maintained the Irish advantage after tea.  Consistant boundaries have maintained a run rate of 5 runs per over.  Ireland are 347/4 after 71 overs.

09.13.11 | 10:20am EDT | At tea, Canada have fought back claiming 4 wickets in the 2nd session.  Ireland, however, have maintained the advantage by continuing to score at almost 5 runs per over.   An Alex Cusack (46) and Kevin O'Brien (32) 52 run partnership quelled the flow of wickets and the pair appear set to continue their agressive tone.  Ireland are 288 / 4 from 62 overs.

09.13.11 | 10:00am EDT | Canada's Khurram Chohan has picked up his second wicket dismissing the dangerous and in-form Andrew White (19).

Canada have claimed 4 wickets in the 2nd session.

09.13.11 | 9:25am EDT | Canada's Manny Aulakh has picked his maiden first class wicket rattling the off stump of Andrew Poynter.  Ireland are 213/3 (50 overs). Canada are fighting their way back into this match.

09.13.11 | 9:05am EDT | Canada's Jimmy Hansra has bowled Paul Stirling dismissing him for a superb 107(122b). Ireland are 190/2 after 45 overs.

09.13.11 | 9:00am EDT | Ireland's Paul Stirling has notched his second first class century.  Ireland are 178/1.

09.13.11 | 8:45 am EDT | Canada's Khurram Chohan has dismissed Gary Wilson for 61(122 balls) LBW and broken the Irish 151 run opening stand.

09.13.11 | 8:00am EDT | Ireland's Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson have given Ireland a confident start at lunch under cool and blustering conditions.  Scoring at over 4 runs per over the Irish pair have been largely untroubled in the first two hours of play smashing 19 boundaries for their unbeaten stand.

TOUR NOTEABLES

09.12.11 | 10:00am EDT | ICUP preparations for both teams have been affected by adverse weather conditions.  Unusually high winds have meant practice was conducted indoors. FORECAST

09.09.11 | 1:00pm EDT | Canadian paceman Henry Osinde was unable to depart with the team from Toronto on Thursday evening due to an unspecified travel document issue.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Warm-Up Match - SCORECARD

Canada XI vs Leprechauns CC
September 10th, 2011 | 12:00pm Local | 07:00am EDT
North Kildare CC, Kilcock

Intercontinental Cup Fixture CRICINFO LIVE
September 13th – 16th, 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Observatory Lane, Rathmines, Dublin

Associate ODI League STREAMED LIVE
September 19th. 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

September 20th. 2011 | 10:30am Local | 05:30am EDT
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

TOURING SQUAD

Amarbir Hansra (Captain) BC, Rizwan Cheema (Vice Captain) ON, Harvir Baidwan ON, Usman Limbada ON, Hamza Tariq AB, Henry Osinde ON, Hiral Patel ON, Junaid Siddiqui ON, Zeeshan Siddiqui MB, Ruvindu Gunasekera ON, Khurram Chohan AB, Maninder Aulakh BC, Nitish Kumar ON, Zahid Hussain ON.

Interim Coach: Ingleton Liburd
Manager: Johnny Bujan
Physio: Jason Israelski