|Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier, UAE 2012|
Stirling pure gold as Ireland take the title ( ) ZZZZ6:00 pmZZZZ
In a thrilling final in Dubai on Saturday evening a magnificent 79 from Paul Stirling ensured that Ireland won the Twenty20 qualifier.
Sublime Stirling destroys Afghanistan ( ) ZZZZ2:31 pmZZZZ
Paul Stirling rocketed Ireland to the Twenty20 World Cup finals in Sri Lanka with as fine an exhibition of strokeplay ever produced by an Irish cricketer.
Brilliant Ireland breeze into finals ( ) ZZZZ10:46 amZZZZ
Ireland brilliantly breezed their way into the Twenty20 World Cup finals on a super Saturday here in Dubai and did no harm to their lofty ambition of becoming a Test country by 2020.
Ireland finish tournament in style ( ) ZZZZ7:13 amZZZZ
They then went one better by winning the whole tournament by beating Afghanistan by five wickets in the final proper in the afternoon.
Ireland return home triumphantly ( ) ZZZZ6:16 pmZZZZ
The Ireland squad returned to Dublin Airport this afternoon with the World Twenty20 Qualifying trophy and a place in the finals in Sri Lanka in September.
Sky the limit for Stirling ( ) ZZZZ11:18 amZZZZ
The sky is the limit for Irish batsman Paul Stirling after his amazing innings won the World Twenty20 qualifier final for Ireland.
Ireland claim their place in Sri Lanka ( ) ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
An overwhelming victory over Namibia on Saturday morning took Ireland into the tournament final against Afghanistan and - even more important - gained them the second qualification place in the World T20 championship in September.
Ireland win a classic final ( ) ZZZZ2:41 pmZZZZ
Any fears that the tournament final would be an anti-climax were shown to be nonsense as a classic contest was served up.
About the Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier
Following 13 regional qualifying tournaments involving over 90 sides, sixteen sides will play in the 12-day tournament which will be staged at four venues - Dubai International Stadium, the ICC Global Cricket Academy (two grounds) in Dubai, Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The 16 teams have been divided into two groups with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea , Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark and Nepal forming Group A and Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and the USA comprising Group B.
The tournament winner will join Australia and the West Indies in group B of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in September 2012 while the losing finalist will complete Group A which also includes defending champions England and 2007 winners India.
This will be the third ICC World Twenty20 qualifier. When it was last staged, also in the UAE in 2010, Afghanistan and Ireland claimed the qualifying spots.
The countries that top the two groups will feature in the 1st Qualifying Final on 22 March with the winner sealing their place in the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Sri Lanka from 18 September to 7 October 2012.
Meanwhile, the sides that finish second and third in the two groups will play cross-over matches. The winners of those matches will meet in the Preliminary Final on 23 March.
The 2nd Qualifying Final - for the second spot in the ICC World Twenty20 - will take place on 24 March between the loser of the 1st Qualifying Final and the winner of the Preliminary Final.
The winners of the two Qualifying Finals will play in the Tournament Final on the evening of 24 March.