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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 19:21 GMT
Irish thrash Canada in Trinidad
World Cup warm-up, Trinidad: Ireland 116-3 beat Canada 115 by seven wickets

Irish seam bowler Boyd Rankin celebrates a key wicket
Irish seam bowler Boyd Rankin celebrates a key wicket

Ireland showed they have the tools to beat Zimbabwe in their first World Cup match on 15 March by putting Canada to the sword in their final warm-up.

The Irish, whose bowlers were again in superb form after causing South Africa trouble on Monday, bowled out Canada for 115 in 33 overs in Trinidad.

Dave Langford-Smith picked up an impressive four wickets, while the other five bowlers chipped in nicely.

Jeremy Bray's unbeaten 41 allowed Ireland to romp home in 27 overs.

Ireland had done a great job at the start of the week against South Africa, particularly with the new ball, only to let themselves down in their run chase. This time, all aspects of their game were in good working order.

Opener Geoff Barnett's 27 was easily the best effort from the Canadians, with star players Jon Davison and Ashish Bagai both failing to reach double figures.

And although Ireland lost Kenneth Carroll early as they began their chase before the lunch break, the rest of the top order supported Bray well enough to enable him to guide them to an impressive victory.

Afterwards Ireland captain Trent Johnston said: "We are going to make an impression in this World Cup.

"We have been bowling well, our batting has been improving and our fielding has been great and, if we can continue this way, then we are going to be noticed."

Opposite number Davison acknowledged that his side would have to raise their game to be competitive in a World Cup group which includes New Zealand, England and Kenya.

"We never applied ourselves today but I am going to tell my players to forget about this game and reflect on how well we have played in our preparations to get here.

"If we take this game out of the equation, we will find the players will be much more confident going into the tournament," he commented.

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