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Ireland draw Zimbabwe series with rain-disrupted win


Ireland secured a 1-1 series draw after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets in a rain-disrupted third one-day international in Belfast.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Ireland bowled their opponents out for 131 in 34 overs.

Captain Craig Ervine top-scored for the tourists with 57, but there was disappointment for Brendan Taylor, playing his 284th and final international match, as he was bowled for just seven.

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Ervine paid tribute to Taylor and admitted he will leave a huge void to fill.

“Brendan Taylor has been a huge ambassador for the country, a huge loss for us,” said Ervine. “He will leave a hole someone will need to fill in Zimbabwe cricket.”

Rain then left Ireland to chase a revised target of 118 from 32 overs, and they eased home with nearly 10 overs to spare with Paul Stirling hitting 43 from just 40 balls.

“It was a complete performance from the team,” said Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie.



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