Ireland 8 wickets away from third ICC Intercontinental Cup final

This just in from our roving, occasional, cricket correspondent, esmereldavillalobos.

“Not sure if anyone’s interested anymore given their poor performances during a (very wet) summer and the current shenanigans at the IFA but Ireland’s cricketers have nearly pulled off the unlikely and made it to the final of the cup again. After a nailbiting win by 8 runs in Namibia 10 days ago Ireland needed to win the 1st innings against Kenya for bonus points and win the match to proceed to the final and meet the Namibians again. The Irish batsmen made a mammoth 1st innings score with 3 centurions and then proceeded to skittle the Kenyans 1st time around and enforce the follow on. Victory should follow tomorrow and then the final where the Irish will be going for a hat-trick of wins!”

Last year’s win over Canada was noted here. And the current ICC points table is here. A word of caution, though. If Kenya manage to hold out for a draw tomorrow, the final day of the match, they’ll go to the final instead. Update Ireland win by an innings and 65 runs. Final against Namibia Oct 30-Nov 3 at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.