Orla Prendergast struck an unbeaten half-century as Ireland warmed up for tomorrow’s first one-day international against Zimbabwe with a convincing 158-run DLS victory over their hosts’ A-team at the Harare Sports Club.

In a rain-shortened practice match, Leah Paul (42) and Gaby Lewis (37) set the Girls in Green on course for 222-4 from 36 overs, with an opening stand of 54, and Prendergast hit eight boundaries before retiring on 56.

But there was no happy return for Amy Hunter, who was bowled for six, at the ground where she became the youngest ODI centurion - male or female - on her 16th birthday, in October 2021.

The DLS calculation asked Zimbabwe to score 259 to win, and with leg-spinner Cara Murray taking 3-13 and Jane Maguire 2-3 from three overs, the home side failed to mount a challenge and were bowled out for 101 in the 32nd over.

The second and third matches of the ODI series take place on Sunday and Tuesday, followed by five T20 internationals.