Ireland emerged from a dramatic finale to their match against Scotland with a one-run win and overall victory in the T20I Tri-Series at Malahide.
Scottish stand-in captain Richie Berrington won the toss and chose to bowl first. Ireland’s opening pair of Gareth Delany (25 from 10 balls) and Kevin O’Brien (63 from 45 balls) got the home side off to a flyer.
The pair put on 47 in 22 balls, before Delany holed out looking for his third six.
Andy Balbirnie (20 from 10 balls) and captain Gary Wilson (31 from 25 balls) continued to pile the runs on, but then a rash of wickets in the late overs stemmed the scoring rate and Ireland ended on 186-9 from their 20 overs.
In response, Scotland lost in-form batter George Munsey early for 6 and Michael Leask for 7, but then Matthew Cross (66 from 55 balls) and Richie Berrington (76 from 43 balls) came together and put on a 122-run third-wicket stand.
The Scots threatened to chase down the Irish score with ease until Craig Young (1-29) returned to the attack and removed Berrington to a good outfield catch by Lorcan Tucker.
Further wickets fell until it came down to the final over. Shane Getkate was given the task of navigating the last six balls, Scotland needing 15 runs for victory.
The first five balls went for 12 runs, leaving Craig Wallace on strike needing three to win, or two runs to tie the score and force a Super Over.
Getkate bowled full and Wallace squeezed it to point, the batters scrambled for one and then turned for a must-run second. The Irish fielders remained calm and ran Wallace out by five metres – Ireland winning the Series from the last ball by 1 run.
Player of the Series was announced as George Munsey for his batting heroics during the series, including a century against Netherlands.