Batting wobbles but Ireland favourites

With 104 overs left to bowl, Ireland remain in control of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya at Eglinton. Ireland bowlers were held up by the Kenyan tail who added a vital 92 runs to their overnight total to leave Ireland with a useful but not commanding 1st innings lead of 73. After being reduced to 47-3 and leaving the door open for the Kenyans, Alex Cusack steadied the ship with a patient half century to leave the Irish 212 ahead at the close. Ireland need to push on past a lead of 300 in quick time in the morning to give themselves time to win the game and add to the 6 points already accrued for “winning” the first innings.

In other news, a magnificent televised 146 from Ed Joyce propelled Sussex to the FP Trophy final and gives the ex-Ireland opener a quick trip back to his old home ground of Lord’s in 3 weeks – it might also remind the England selectors of his talents for the ODIs later in the summer given he is the top run scorer in the premier English domestic one-day tournament at present.

Stumps Day 3 of 4, Eglinton: Ireland (6 pts) lead Kenya (0 Pts) by 212 runs with 6 second innings wickets in hand
Ireland 404 & 139-4 (52 ov) Cusack 55*; Tikolo 2-57 Kenya (overnight 239-6) 331 (114 ov) Kamande 73, Odoyo 46; West 4-94