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John Mooney

John Mooney held his nerve to bowl a brilliant last over as Ireland sealed a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash against Kenya today

A nerveless final over from John Mooney secured Ireland a two-run win over Kenya and 3-0 success in the Twenty20 series.

Having made a modest 107 for nine, Ireland started well in the field only for Collins Obuya and Tanmay Mishra, with 42 and 37 respectively, to give the hosts a chance.

Seven were needed off the last over but Mooney conceded just four, as well as taking a wicket.

Ireland’s innings started in the worst possible fashion, with Paul Stirling run out off the first ball of the day without facing.

Only Gary Wilson, who hit 32 off 38 balls, and Ed Joyce, 38 off 46, reached double figures as Shem Ngoche returned 4-14.

Tailender Boyd Rankin nudged the side past three figures but the total looked a small one.

Rankin and George Dockrell - who was superb with 2-13 in four overs - each struck with the new ball to leave Kenya six for two before Obuya and Mishra added 53 runs for the third wicket.

Rankin returned to clean bowl Obuya and Andrew White accounted for Mishra to set up the tense finale.

Mooney removed Alex Obanda with the third ball of the 20th over and, with three needed for the win and two for the tie, delivered a dot ball to secure victory.