Georgetown: New Zealand has defeated Ireland by 40 runs in the first of two Twenty20 World Cup warm-up games at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown.
The Black Caps got off to a bright start after skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat.
Opening batsmen Jesse Ryder and Rob Nicol shared a partnership of 104 runs in 9.2 overs before being dismissed in quick succession, which also caused a small batting collapse.
Ryder scored 64 off 30 balls, while Nicol batted cautiously for 31 off 30 deliveries.
Middle-order batsmen Scott Styris and Gareth Hopkins departed cheaply for five runs apiece. Martin Guptill`s quickfire 50 runs off 35 balls to push the score to 187 consolidated the team, Stuff.co.nz reports.
In response, Ireland never clocked-up a threatening run rate and lost wickets at regular intervals to reach a commendable 147 with its captain William Porterfield top scoring with 34.
Off-spinner Nathan McCullum was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers taking 3-25 from his four overs. Kyle Mills, Ian Butler, Scott Styris, Tim Southee and Jacob Oram shared one scalp apiece.
New Zealand 187-5 (Jesse Ryder 64, Martin Guptill 50; George Dockrell 3-22)
Ireland 147-9 (William Porterfield 34, Gary Wilson 31, Kevin O`Brien 28; Nathan McCullum 3-25)