Ireland cruise to seven-wicket win over Scots in Belfast
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|Ireland 166-3 (33 overs) beat Scotland 165 (49.3 overs) by seven wickets|
Ireland completed an ICC World Cricket League double over Scotland at Stormont with a seven-wicket win on Sunday.
The hosts won by one wicket in Friday's thriller but this was much easier after Scotland were all out for just 165.
Kevin O'Brien and Max Sorensen both claimed three wickets while Calum MacLeod top scored with 39.
The Scots were given hope with Ireland on 22-2 but Niall O'Brien hit an unbeaten 65 from 70 balls to help Ireland to 166-3 in 33 overs.
Scotland were 127-4 before the fall of Richie Berrington for 35 triggered a collapse with the visitors losing their last six wickets for just 38 runs.
Eddie Richardson and Stuart Thompson shared the other four Scots wickets in Belfast.
Irish skipper William Porterfield was dismissed for five and Paul Stirling quickly followed before Ed Joyce (39) and O'Brien steadied the innings with a 69-run partnership.
Gary Wilson (35 not out) and O'Brien brought Ireland to the victory target with 17 overs to spare.
Scotland's hopes of automatic qualification for the 2015 World ended with Friday's defeat while Ireland had already booked the place in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
The Scots have another chance to progress at the World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand in January.