Ireland ease to T20 victory over Papua New Guinea
|First Twenty20 international, Townsville:|
|Papua New Guinea 92-9 (20 overs): K O'Brien 2-10, Young 2-15, McBrine 2-17|
|Ireland 97-5 (12.1 overs): Wilson 45, Vanua 3-26|
|Ireland won by five wickets|
Gary Wilson hit six boundaries in a top score of 45 as Ireland cruised to a five-wicket Twenty20 win over Papua New Guinea in Townsville on Saturday.
Craig Young, Andy McBrine and Kevin O'Brien each took two wickets as PNG managed just 92-9 in their 20 overs.
Ireland were 30-3 before a stand of 53 between Wilson and O'Brien (19) helped them to 97-5 in just 12.1 overs.
It was the first in a three-game T20 series between the sides, with matches on Sunday and Tuesday to follow.
Wilson scored his 45 off 33 balls in the one-sided affair in Australia.
"It felt good when I was out there - I've been hitting the ball nicely so hopefully I can continue that form for the rest of the tour and beyond," Wilson told Cricket Ireland.
"It was a comfortable chase in the end, even though we lost a couple more wickets than we should have at the end of the innings.
"The bowlers set the tone very well, hitting the deck hard. The pitch was a little two-paced, so getting them for a low score was key."