BBC Sport - Phil Simmons lauds his Ireland team after third trophy win of 2013

Simmons lauds Irish after 'best year'

Coach Phil Simmons says his Ireland team produced their best campaign of his seven seasons in charge in 2013 as they clinched their third trophy of the year by beating Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup final.

Afghanistan threatened to stage a comeback on the fourth day of the game but they lost their last five wickets for 25 runs as Ireland completed a 122-run victory in Dubai.

Man of the match John Mooney finished with bowling figures of 10-81 and West Indian Simmons praised the all-rounder and the other Irish players for their "hard work".

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