Duminy hits 99 as Proteas advance

Kolkata, India – JP Duminy made a superb 99 to help South Africa to a massive win over Ireland and book a place in the quart-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The left-hander beat his previous World Cup best of 42 as he led his side to 273 off their 50 over on Tuesday at the historic Eden Gardens.

Duminy missed a deserved hundred while unselfishly trying to hit a big six runs for his team. In the last over of the South African innings, the 26-year-old, on 99, skied the ball as Kevin O’Brien ran back to complete a stunning.

“Definitely happy to try to hit it out of the ground. In this sort of games, one or two runs can make a difference whether you win or lose so my goal was to try to hit it out of the ground,” Duminy said.

The Irish never recovered from a couple of early jolts, and were ultimately shot out for a paltry 141. Fast bowler Morne Morkel and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson picked up three wickets apiece as South Africa destroyed the Irish batting.

Earlier in the day, the Irish spinners – George Dockrell and Paul Stirling –  were again impressive as they stifled South Africa, conceding just 82 runs between their 20 overs, while picking up two wickets.