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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