Netherlands v Ireland, Intercontinental Cup, 2nd day July 2, 2013

Ireland on top despite second innings wobble

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland 332 and 68 for 4 (Seelar 2-11) lead Netherlands 148 (Cooper 51, Dockrell 3-32) by 252 runs
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Ireland took control of the Intercontinental Cup match against Netherlands after building up a healthy 252-run lead at the end of second day, on which 14 wickets fell, in Deventer.

After bowling out Ireland for 332 on the first day, Netherlands needed an innings similar to John Anderson's yesterday to get close to Ireland's total, but they lost their first wicket in the 15th over when Lesley Stokkers was caught by Andrew Balbirnie off a John Mooney delivery. The situation got worse for Netherlands as they lost their next four batsmen for the addition of 27 runs to end the first session on a precarious 58 for 5. Ireland's bowlers shared the spoils, with Mooney accounting for the openers.

Netherlands continued to lose wickets through the second session and were it not for two brief, but crucial, partnerships they could have fallen before their eventual score. The first was a 30-run stand for the sixth wicket between Tom Cooper and Peter Borren and the second, a 38-run partnership between Cooper and Pieter Seelar. Cooper was the last batsman to be dismissed, stumped on a George Dockrell delivery, soon after he completed his half-century.

Ireland had the option of asking Netherlands to follow-on, but with 35 overs remaining in the day, they came out to bat. The decision seemed to backfire as Ireland lost their first wicket in the second over. John Anderson and James Shannon helped the team to settle with a half-century stand, but Netherlands struck thrice in the last half an hour to limit the damage.

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  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Ireland have missed the chance to finish the game early by not enforcing the follow-on. What is this fad of not enforcing it when your opponent is already on the back foot and facing such a large mountain to climb.

  • Andrew on July 3, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Good to see Cooper back in the runs. At the start of last Oz season, he was close to the edges of National representation, but had a shocker of a season for SA.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Poynter looks like an interesting find - having some exposure now at the top level and a nice stumping today. At 22 another of the Shamrock kids that continue to show promise and more. Dockrell & Stirling are already stars, Thompson and Poynter under 23 and showing that the pipeline of Irish cricket is very healthy.

    I see Trent tweeted the plan for tomorrow, score a few runs, bowl the shine off the ball and put feet up and watch the spinners do all the work ... sounds like a plan. Where is Ryan Ten Doeschate for the Dutch btw? An amazing talent ....

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