Ireland's Orla Prendergast

Scotland v Ireland ODIs: Irish level series in Spain by earning 79-run win

Ireland's Orla PrendergastOrla Prendergast top-scored with 64 for the Irish in AlmeriaSecond one-day international, Desert Springs, Almeria, SpainIreland 270-6 (50 overs): Prendergast 64, Paul 58, Hunter 56; K Bryce 2-44Scotland 191 (39 overs): K Bryce 67, Lister 47; Canning 4-36, Kelly 2-36, Murray 2-37, Sargent 2-33Ireland won by 79 runsScorecard (external site)external-link

Ireland levelled the one-day series against Scotland by earning a dominant 79-run win in game two in Spain.

Orla Prendergast’s 64 plus 58 and 56 from Leah Paul and Amy Hunter helped Ireland post 270-6 in their innings.

In reply, Scotland reached 43-0 in only 6.2 overs before Sarah Bryce’s departure heralded a collapse to 59-3.

Kathryn Bryce’s 67 helped put on 84 for the fourth wicket but she was one of Ava Canning’s four victims as the Scots were dismissed for 191 in 39 overs.

The only late resistance came from Ailsa Lister who hit 47 before being dismissed by Canning to leave the Scots on 177-9.

Arlene Kelly completed Ireland’s win by taking her second wicket when she had Olivia Bell caught by Hunter.

Skipper Bryce’s knock followed her highest international score of 78 on Tuesday – when she shared a second-wicket partnership of 65 with sister Sarah – which helped the Scots clinch a 40-run win in their first one-day international.

After winning the toss, Ireland opted to bat and opener Paul helped put her side in a strong position, enjoying a second-wicket partnership of 70 with Hunter before being caught and bowled by Priyanaz Chatterji.

Hunter’s dismissal left Ireland on 188 for three but Prendergast kept the runs flowing, eventually falling lbw for 64 to Scotland captain Bryce.

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Ireland skipper Laura Delany finished unbeaten on 28 to set Scotland a target of 271, but despite a solid start from Sarah Bryce and Darcey Carter, they then lost three wickets within 16 runs as Bryce fell for 23 followed by Carter (16), before Chatterji was out for a duck.

Kathryn Bryce smashed 67 off 58 balls before being bowled by Freya Sargent, and the spinner clipped the top of leg stump to dismiss new batter Lorna Jack with her very next delivery.

Lister tried to dig Scotland out of a hole but wickets tumbled quickly at the other end as Ireland wrapped up victory.

Following Saturday’s third one-day game in Almeria, the sides will complete the white-ball series with two further T20 contests at the Desert Springs venue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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