Stirling thumped four fours and two sixes in his 52 off 36 balls, while fellow opener and captain Will Porterfield contributed 33 as Ireland posted a total of 166 for five after being put into bat. That proved too high for Namibia and despite Raymond van Schoor’s unbeaten 48, they could only muster 134 for seven at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. An impressive half-century from Paul Stirling helped Ireland make a winning start to their World Twenty20 qualifying campaign as they overcame Namibia by 34 runs in Abu Dhabi. Press Association Alex Cusack was the pick of Ireland’s bowlers with two for 22, while there were also wickets for Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien and Max Sorensen. Ireland, who won this qualifying tournament in 2012, are among the favourites to book their place in next year’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with six countries still to qualify for the expanded 16-team tournament.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Drake University men’s golf team completed the first two rounds of the Tiger Invitational on Monday at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo. Through 36-holes, Drake is tied for seventh-place MVC-foe Northern Iowa, Central Arkansas and IUPUI.The Bulldogs began the day with a score a 303 and finished with a 301 and are eight strokes behind third-place Austin Peay. “Tomorrow will be a challenge but a great opportunity for us to finish strong before we head to the MVC Championship in two weeks.” “With windy conditions, we played well the first round for about 12 holes, but struggled on the final six. In the second round, Drew [Ison] played great and scoring under par on the course today was impressive,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “We are bunched up with a ton of teams and are tied for seventh, but only eight back from third-place.”After shooting a 78 in the first-round, junior Drew Ison fired a one-under par 71 for a total score of 149 to lead the team and is tied for 16th-place. Sophomore Tommi Avant carded a three-over par 75 and then finished the day with a 76 (151=75-77). Junior Matt Lavery, who led the team in the first-round with a two-over par 74, finished his day with a total score of 152 (74-76). Freshman Kyle MacDonald carded a pair of 76s and is tied with Lavery with a total score of 152. Sophomore Jack Kennedy rounded out the team’s performance on the first day with a total score of 166 (86-80). Story Links The Bulldogs will play the final round of the Tiger Invitational on Tuesday as their final preparation for the MVC Championship set to get underway on Monday, April 24. Print Friendly Version Results