Ireland ease to T20 victory over Papua New Guinea

Gary Wilson steered Ireland to victory in the first of three T20 games against PNG
Gary Wilson steered Ireland to victory in the first of three T20 games against PNG
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
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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."