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Zimbabwe captain refuses to blame Mooney for controversial dismissal
‘You’ve take his word for it,’ said Brendan Taylor after Ireland’s Cricket World Cup win.

ZIMBABWE CAPTAIN BRENDAN Taylor refused to condemn Ireland’s John Mooney following the controversial dismissal of Sean Williams.

Williams appeared set to guide his country to a record World Cup run-chase in Hobart, only to fall with Zimbabwe 32 runs short of their target of 332.

Seeking a six that would have taken him to three figures, the batsman was caught on the boundary rope by Mooney, giving Ireland a crucial breakthrough that ultimately helped them to a five-run triumph.

However, replays suggested Mooney may have brushed the boundary rope with his left foot as he completed the catch and there was a delay before Williams’ dismissal was confirmed.

It appeared Williams may have made the umpires’ decision for them by leaving the ground while replays of the incident were still being studied.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Taylor said: “You’ve got to take his [Mooney's] word for it. It looked pretty clear, but you take the fielder’s word and the game moved forward.”

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Ireland skipper William Porterfield praised Mooney for holding his nerve to take the catch.

I think it’s very hard to tell when you’re on the line,” said Porterfield. “It’s a great catch anyway. I haven’t seen a replay. I thought it was great skill anyway.”

Zimbabwe, for whom Taylor made 121 in vain, can no longer qualify for the quarter-finals, while Ireland are well placed to progress from Pool B.

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