Scotland kick started their tour of Ireland with a comfortable victory against the hosts at the Bready Cricket Club in Bready. Scotland lead the three-match series 1-0 after defeating Ireland by 6 wickets with 23 balls remaining.

Ireland won the toss and captain Kevin O'Brien decided to bat first. Ireland fielded a team that consisted of five debutants and notable absentees in the form of William Porterfield, Gary Wilson and Niall O'Brien, who are all busy due to county cricket commitments.

Batting first, Ireland only managed to pile up a below-par total of 146. Debutant, David Rankin, started firing from the top for Ireland and seemed to be in the correct frame of mind. The upper and upper middle-order failed to perform as none of Stuart Poynter, John Anderson and Andrew Poynter could enter double figures.

The middle-order was exposed rather soon as the captain took the responsibility of reaching a respectable total on his own shoulders. Brien added quick runs to the team total at an explosive strike-rate of 157.9, along with important cameos by Max Sorensen and Stuart Thompson. Ireland concluded the innings with Scotland needing 147 runs in order to go one-up in the series.

For Scotland, Matthew Cross fired from the front and straight away went after the Irish bowling attack. His 60 off 34 deliveries proved to br crucial for Scotland after the failure of Kyle Coetzer to replicate his sublime form from the World Cup in February. The two sides meet again on Friday for the second T20 international of the three-match series. The series serves as necessary preparation for the World T20 qualifiers that begin from the 9th of July.