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Ireland lift World Cricket League Championship

Max Sorensen and Kevin O'Brien each took three wickets as Ireland eased to a seven-wicket victory against Scotland in Belfast to lift the World Cricket League Championship.

Having ended Scotland's hopes of automatic World Cup qualification on Friday, Ireland's seamers twisted the knife further to restrict their opponents to a paltry 165 all out, Calum MacLeod top-scoring with 39.

Sorensen and O'Brien took three wickets apiece, while Stuart Thompson and Eddie Richardson shared the remaining four scalps before Ireland's batsmen chased down the target in 33 overs, with Niall O'Brien's unbeaten 65 ensuring there were few alarms.

The in-form Will Porterfield fell for just five after being cleaned up by Ian Wardlaw, who then accounted for Paul Stirling to leave Ireland 22 for two.

Ed Joyce and O'Brien put on 69 for the third wicket before the former was bowled by off-spinner Majid Haq for 39, although that failed to disrupt Ireland's momentum.

Niall O'Brien reached his half-century off 54 balls with a clip to square-leg off Haq and he struck the winning run with a single down to long-leg, with Gary Wilson’s 35 providing valuable support in an unbroken 75-run partnership.

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