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The Black Hats ensure a clean sweep in Ireland

The Black Caps completed an unbeaten tour of Ireland after winning the third and final Twenty20 by six wickets in Belfast on Saturday.

New Zealand had to chase first after losing the toss and went past Ireland’s respectable 174-6 in 180-4 and an over.

The Black Caps also won the one-day international series 3-0.

Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell kept the target for New Zealand with stunning spin of the batting and running between the wickets.

Phillips, who fell on 13 and 15, showed a measure of the pressure he turned back on Ireland by hitting just one six and a boundary as he finished on 56 not out from 44 balls.

He and Mitchell combined for 82 in 8.5 overs to lift New Zealand out of trouble at 65-3.

Their stand ended when Mitchell bounced and was caught by medium pacer Josh Little for 48 off 32.

But new batsman Jimmy Neesham then powered the visitors to victory with 23 off six balls, including a match-winning six over midwicket.

Ireland were unchanged from the side that lost by 88 runs on Thursday and Paul Stirling got them off to a great start with 40 off 29 and sixes from Jacob Duffy, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi.

But Stirling’s exit started a collapse as Ireland went from 79-1 in the 10th over to 116-6 in the 17th over. Sodhi reduced them to 2-24.

Curtis Campher then took 19 off bowler Blair Tickner, Mark Adair took 18 off Neesham and the last over bowled by Duffy went for 13.

Adair had 37 runs off 15 and Campher 19 off eight and Ireland put the question to New Zealand.

But the Black Hoods, as usual, had an answer. They travel to Scotland for three matches from Thursday.

The Black Hats ensure a clean sweep in Ireland

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