Eire v Zimbabwe: Hosts declare T20 sequence victory

Paul Stirling

Paul Stirling is now sixth on the all-time list of ODI run scorers
Ireland 174-4 (20 overs): O’Brien 47, Stirling 39; Masakadza 2-22
Zimbabwe: 110-9 (20 overs): Ervine 28, Jongwe 24; Adair 4-23
Ireland won by 64 runs and win series

Ireland move into an unassailable 3-1 series lead after defeating Zimbabwe in the fourth Twenty20 match between the sides at Bready.

Kevin O’Brien led Ireland’s batting charge with 47 as Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie hit 39 and 37 respectively to leave the hosts on 174.

Mark Adair took a T20 career-best 4-23 with the ball as Zimbabwe fell 64 runs short in their chase.

The fifth and final ODI takes place on Saturday at Bready.

After hitting a superb century on Wednesday, the in-form Stirling moved past England’s Eoin Morgan and into sixth place in the all-time T20 run standings with 2,635 runs, with India’s Virat Kohli leading the table on 3,159.

Stirling and fellow opener O’Brien done the damage at the County Londonderry venue and their…