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New Zealand spank Ireland to open Super 8 campaign in style

Aaron Redmond made a memorable return to international cricket with a blistering 30-ball 63 as New Zealand spanked minnows Ireland by 83 runs in their first Super Eight match of the Twenty20 World Cup in Nottingham.

cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2009 21:40 IST

Aaron Redmond made a memorable return to international cricket with a blistering 30-ball 63 as New Zealand spanked minnows Ireland by 83 runs in their first Super Eight match of the Twenty20 World Cup in Nottingham on Thursday.

The Kiwis first rattled up a healthy 198 for five riding on Redmond's flourishing start and then skittled out the hapless Irishmen for 115 in 16.4 overs in what turned out to be a lop-sided contest at the Trent Bridge.

Andre Botha (28) and opener Gary Wilson (23) were the only two Irish players who could hang around for some time while most of the other batsmen folded up without much of a fight. Nathan McCullum (3/15) and Kyle Mills (2/12) were the pick of the Kiwis bowlers.

New Zealand went into their group-F Super Eight match without the services of three of their top players -- captain Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder -- but it did prove much of a problem for the Kiwis who cantered home without having to sweat much.

The Black Caps will take on Pakistan in their next Super Eight match in London on Saturday while Ireland clash with Sri Lanka at the Lord's in London on Sunday.

Redmond, a late replacement for injured Ryder, grabbed the opportunity with both hands with a stunning display of strokeplay on what appeared to be a good batting track.