Dockrell six-wicket haul routs Netherlands
Ireland 332 and 222/8 decl. (White 62, Mooney 42, Seelaar 2-39) beat Netherlands 148 and 127 (Borren 33, Dockrell 6-39, Sorensen 3-32) by 279 runs
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George Dockrell's fifth five-wicket haul and an incisive opening burst from Max Sorensen ripped through the Netherlands batting order to give Ireland a thumping 279-run win with one day to spare in the Intercontinental Cup match in Deventer.
Facing a stiff target of 407 runs, the home side lost opener Lesley Stokkers off the second ball of the innings. Sorensen, who claimed Stokkers, accounted for opener Eric Szwarczynski as well, reducing Netherlands to 9 for 2 in the fifth over. Switching his ends, Sorensen has more success when James Gruijters shouldered arms to an inswinger that brushed his pads and clattered his stumps.
Dockrell dismissed Tom Cooper and wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi in his second and third over respectively. With half the opposition dismissed, Ireland captain Kevin O'Brien kept Dockrell on at one end and the left-arm spinner provided rich returns, claiming four of the next five wickets. Netherlands captain Peter Borren was only one of four men to reach double figures, top scoring with 33.
Dockrell had No. 10 Quirijn Gunning edging to slip to end up with 6 for 39 in the innings, which, along with three wickets in the first innings, gave him career-best figures of 9 for 71.
Ireland, who were on 68 for 4 overnight, stretched the lead past 400 after a composed half-century, that included five fours, from Andrew White, who forged a crucial 61-run stand with wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter. An aggressive John Mooney joined White after Poynter's fall and dominated their 73-run partnership with six fours and a six. Both batsmen were dismissed before lunch but Ireland batted through and declared fifteen balls after the interval.