JOSH LITTLE spearheaded a superb all-round bowling performance in Belfast as Ireland dismissed Zimbabwe for 131 and romped to a seven-wicket DLS victory to square the World Cup Super League series at 1-1.

Little’s late in-swing proved too good for both Zimbabwe openers and the Pembroke left-armer claimed another victim late on for figures of 3-33 after Andy McBrine’s canny off-spin had removed top scorer Craig Ervine for 57 and the dangerous Sean Williams.

McBrine (3-26) and Simi Singh (2-35) were the architects of a collapse that saw the visitors slump from a promising 74-2 in the 16th over, and despite a couple of frustrating rain breaks, Ireland reached a revised target of 118 with 9.4 overs to spare.

“It was a complete performance from the team,” skipper Andy Balbirnie said, after pouching 10 World Cup qualifying points which lift Ireland to fourth place in the 13-team Super League table, albeit having played more games.

Meanwhile, Ireland all-rounder Eimear Richardson has been named ICC’s female Player of the Month for her performances in the European qualifiers for the World Cup in La Manga.