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Fulton towers over Ireland

April 9, 2007
Peter Fulton scored 83 before a late run flurry helped New Zealand post 263 for eight against tournament debutants Ireland in the final World Cup Super Eights match at the Providence Stadium on Monday. New Zealand dismissed Ireland for 134 runs to post a huge 129-run victory.

Ireland, a team of mostly amateurs, reduced the Black Caps to 83 for three in the 17th over and then 118 for four as the New Zealanders struggled for long periods.

Opener Fulton blunted the Irish with his sixth one-day fifty, before Brendon McCullum made 47 from 37 balls in the closing overs, putting on 71 with James Franklin, 34 not out from 22.

New Zealand scored 59 from the last five overs.

Fulton, known as 'Two-metre Peter', and Jacob Oram, an inch shorter at 6ft 5in (1.96 metres), represented what must be the tallest batting combination in international cricket as they consolidated the innings for the Kiwis with a stand of 54.

Fulton's 110-ball innings was halted when he missed a sweep and was lbw to the impressive off-spinner McCallan, who finished with two for 35 from his 10 overs.

Photograph: Getty Images

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