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Zimbabwe's World Cup disappoints Taylor

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien celebrates taking the wicket of Zimbabwe's Sean Williams (L) at the Bellerive Oval ground during their 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match on March 7, 2015Zimbabwe stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor blamed bouts of sloppiness for his side’s poor showing at the World Cup after an agonising five-run loss to Ireland ended their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. Saturday’s reverse meant Zimbabwe, a Test nation, had won just one of their five Pool B matches so far — and even their success against the part-timers of the UAE was a struggle. Taylor did more than most to turn things around against Ireland with a superb century that rescued his side from what looked like a thrashing at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval but that was little consolation. Proof of Taylor’s words came when, after he won the toss, Zimbabwe gave several reprieves to Ed Joyce, with the veteran Ireland batsman punishing them with 112 in a total of 331 for eight.

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