T20 World Cup Qualifier: Ireland ease past Hong Kong by eight wickets in opener

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Andrew Balbirnies unbeaten 70 helped Ireland ease past Hong Kong at Abu Dhabi by eight wickets in their first game of their T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Hong Kong made 153-5 off their 20 overs, Kinchit Shah scoring 79 off 54 balls and Mark Adair carrying 2-22.
Ireland attained 155-2 with 16 balls to spare, Balbirnies innings being backed up.
Their next Group B game is against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
Ireland will subsequently play fixtures against Jersey, Canada, Oman and Nigeria to finish the group phase of the tournament.
They need to finish in the top four places to stay in contention for eligibility.
Spot will secure automated qualification at the T20 World Cup finals of the next year in Australia.
A third-wicket partnership of 60 aided Hong Kong to their complete, together with Gareth Delany, Stuart Thompson and David Delany carrying a wicket apiece.
Ireland were 10-1 in response when Kevin OBrien was run out for a duck before he was caught off the bowling of Aizaz Khan, but the innings off 36 balls, including eight fours and two sixes of Stirling, captured their response back.
Balbirnie saw Ireland home in the business.
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