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Bray keeps Irish smiling

March 16, 2007
Jeremy Bray carried his bat through the innings to score his second one-day international hundred as Ireland and Zimbabwe played out a thrilling tie in the second Group D match of the World Cup at Sabina Park on Thursday.

His controlled stroke-play was the anchor to the Irish innings and gave Trent Johnston's side a fighting chance of victory in their first ever World Cup match.

Bray, a 33-year-old opening batsman, was undefeated on 115 from 137 balls, as Ireland, sent in to bat under overcast skies, posted 221 for nine from their 50 overs.

Australian-born Bray, who works as a fitness instructor, remained steadfast, despite wickets tumbling around him and reached his landmark, when he square drove Christopher Mpofu to third man for the last of his 10 boundaries.

The left-hander scored his maiden ODI hundred earlier this year against Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League in Kenya.

He did not offer a sniff of a chance, striking the ball with crisp assurance, including an upper cut off Mpofu that sailed over third man for the first of his two sixes.

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