Four wins on the trot for Ireland

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Ireland continued their winning run in the Intercontinental Cup as they beat Canada by 56 runs in Dublin on Tuesday.

Ireland continued their winning run in the Intercontinental Cup as they beat Canada by 56 runs in Dublin on Tuesday.

Although it wasn't as comprehensive as their 133-run win over the Canadians the previous day, the victory was Ireland's fourth on the trot in the competition.

Having won the toss and opted to bat, a team performance with the willow saw the Irish post 249 for seven with skipper William Porterfield top scoring with 53.

Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien chipped in with 44 and 43 respectively but there was plenty of support around them even if no-one else was able to push on to a big score.

Hiral Patel (20) and Nitish Kumar (30) gave Canada a solid enough start, but the crunch came when left-arm spinner George Dockrell entered the attack and began to squeeze the batsmen.

The runs dried up as Dockrell took 2 for 27 in his 10 overs, and claimed the crucial wicket of top scorer Jimmy Hansra (38).

Alex Cusack mopped up the tail, taking 2 for 11 in just nine deliveries as Canada were bowled out for 193 in 46.3 overs.

Ireland's 100% record in the tournament remains alive, while Canada are rooted to the foot of the standings with no points from their four games.

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