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Ireland v Netherlands, World Cup 2011, Group B, Kolkata

Stirling ton sets up six-wicket win

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

March 18, 2011

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Ireland 307 for 4 (Stirling 101, Porterfield 68, Cooper 2-31) beat Netherlands 306 (ten Doeschate 106, Borren 84, Stirling 2-51) by six wickets
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Paul Stirling powers one to the boundary, Ireland v Netherlands, World Cup 2011, Group B, March 18, 2011
Paul Stirling blitzes one to the boundary during his match-winning hundred © Getty Images
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Two sparkling centuries lit up Ireland's clash with Netherlands at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Ryan ten Doeschate propping Netherlands up with his second ton of the tournament and Paul Stirling then launching Ireland's pursuit of 306 with a blazing, 72-ball 101. Ireland's disciplined bowling and far superior fielding proved the difference between the two sides, and they eventually triumphed by six wickets with more than two overs to spare after a far closer finish had appeared possible.

Apart from one lapse in the first over, Ireland had barely fumbled while restricting Netherlands on a benign, batting-friendly surface and closed out the innings in bizarre circumstances with four run-outs in four balls. Netherlands were nowhere near as tight in comparison, putting down three clear chances and failing to keep the pressure on in the field, their lapses repeatedly allowing Ireland to stay ahead of the game.

Netherlands should have had a breakthrough as early as the third over, but Adeel Raja put down a top edge off William Porterfield's bat at third man and Ireland were soon rocketing along at eight an over. Stirling provided the main impetus in that regard, swinging from the hip from the very start of his knock, as the first ball he faced was answered with a wild hook and a top edge that sailed straight over the wicketkeeper for six. He barely slowed down thereafter, hitting very little straight down the ground but repeatedly puncturing the field on both sides of the wicket.

He plundered 19 from Bernard Loots' second over, including a second six over deep midwicket, and shortly after brought up a 25-ball half century, the second fastest in the tournament. Porterfield was rather more circumspect but had no problems putting the bad ball away, and after 68 out of 81 runs came in boundaries in the first 10 overs Netherlands were forced to postpone their use of the bowling Powerplay simply to try and slow Ireland down.

With Pieter Seelaar and ten Doeschate, Netherlands' two most accomplished bowlers, operating in tandem, the tactic temporarily worked but when the bowling Powerplay was eventually taken in the 19th over, and the batsmen attempted to pick up the tempo once again, Netherlands put down two chances in as many overs to lose further ground.

Porterfield eased past fifty in the 20th over but by then Stirling already had a hundred in his sights. Their partnership stretched to 177, a new Irish record for the opening stand in ODIs, before, in a three-ball flurry of excitement, Porterfield fell to a catch behind and Stirling brought up his century but then thumped the next ball - a long-hop - straight to the fielder on the deep-midwicket boundary. Their departures opened a window of opportunity for Netherlands but Ireland's chase barely missed a step, with each successive batsman making a contribution and the brothers O'Brien closing out the game with an unbroken 28-run partnership at close to nine an over.

While lacklustre bowling and fielding let Netherlands down, the ascendancy had swung between the two teams before lunch and Netherlands had gained in an attacking stand between ten Doeschate and captain Peter Borren. The Ireland bowlers had few answers against the pair and were hampered by an injury to young left-arm spinner George Dockrell, who appeared to dislocate his shoulder as he dived to stop the ball and had to immediately leave the field.

Smart Stats

  • The target of 307 is the second-highest successfully chased score in ODIs in Kolkata. The highest is 316 by India against Sri Lanka in 2009.
  • Ryan ten Doeschate's century is his second of the tournament and he becomes the third player after AB de Villiers and Sachin Tendulkar to score two centuries in the 2011 World Cup.
  • ten Doeschate has now scored five centuries and nine fifties in ODIs. Among batsmen who have scored over 1500 runs in ODIs, his average of 67.00 is the highest.
  • The 121-run stand between ten Doeschate and Peter Borren is the highest for the fifth wicket for Netherlands in ODIs.
  • Paul Stirling scored a century off just 70 balls, which is the fourth fastest in World Cups and the second fastest for an Irish batsman in World Cups. Stirling's strike rate of 140.27 is the second highest for an Irish batsman for a score over 100 in ODIs
  • The 177-run stand between William Porterfield and Stirling is the third-highest opening-wicket partnership in the 2011 World Cup and the highest for Ireland in ODIs.
  • The 81 runs scored by Ireland in the mandatory Powerplay is their highest score in the first ten overs of an innings in the tournament.

In his absence, ten Doeschate and Borren added 121 for the fifth wicket, by far the largest stand of the innings, in quick time on a pitch that looked increasingly good for batting after the early-morning moisture had been scorched from the surface. ten Doeschate had also been involved in two other important partnerships after Netherlands lost two early wickets and then suffered a further casualty when Wesley Barresi was forced to leave the field in just the second over after being hit on the back of the head by a return throw from Kevin O'Brien.

ten Doeschate kick-started his innings by adding 41 with Alexei Kervezee, who struggled to deal with the early bounce and movement and eventually gave his wicket away softly, pushing a length delivery from John Mooney straight into the hands of Kevin O'Brien. That dismissal brought Barresi back to the crease, and he immediately set about the Irish bowling. He raced into the 40s before he was pinned in front of his stumps, but Dockrell's injury noticeably dampened Ireland's mood and ten Doeschate and Borren quickly seized the initiative once again.

ten Doeschate raised his fifty in the 27th over and with the field set back in defence, the partnership developed with plenty of running between the wickets before he opened up as he closed in on a century. Borren raced to a 56-ball half-century in the 38th over and ten Doeschate went to his own landmark soon after in the midst of another expensive over from Boyd Rankin. He celebrated by heaving Stirling over wide long-on but fell trying to repeat the shot next ball, caught at long-off by Mooney.

Borren and wicketkeeper Atse Buurman didn't allow the pitch to slow Netherlands' momentum and continued to find the boundary - though more than once it was courtesy of outside edges and slashes past third man but the innings ended in farcical circumstances when Netherlands lost four wickets in four balls - all run out - to be bowled out for 306. That still might have been a match-winning total, but ultimately Ireland showed the value of their greater professionalism and the enhanced self-belief that has come from their positive performances in this tournament.

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Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Cricket Fan on (March 20, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

I don't think 14 team WC is a mistake. Actually To improve cricket globally more team should play in world cup. Then only it is a world cup other wise call it as Commonwealth Cricket Cup. You Know there is a good team AFGHANISTAN sitting out from this World Cup ? They are far and far better than Canada, Kenya , Holland. We miss AFGHANISTAN ...... They are the winner of 4days cricket amongst non test playing nations included Zimbabwe. But still they are Affiliates not Associates.

Posted by Rakesh on (March 19, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

It is mistake of ICC to have 4 associates. Are they trying to rectify the mistake by altogether eliminating associates. Always top one or two associates used to participate. 4 associates was the mistake by ICC. Just finalists of Associate cup is enough. If Ireland gets Full member status for ODI, as they deserve than just winner of associate cup.

Hi,Liam is it not possible for you to convey to ICC ,that 95% of cricket fans want IRELAND? Only non sportslover would want to curtail wc by isolating ireland.

Posted by Cricket Fan on (March 19, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

I afraid of WC 2015 without Ireland and Holland. I request ICC please allow at least 12 team in WC 2015.

Posted by alex on (March 18, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

Mr Liam Brickhill, I think you meant to say "sterling" not "stirling" ... unless you were aiming for a play on words of some sort...

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 18, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

The Irish really lit up the WC with their own distinct flavour of cricket. Thank you for the entertainment and the memories. Hoping to see much more in the future.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 18, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

its good to see Ireland in actions, i want to see them much mature and same dangerous team in next worldcup

Posted by Cricket Fan on (March 18, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Both Netherlands and Ireland played well. Basically Irish team is very good team comparing to Netherlands. I rank them as 9th position. Any way Netherlands scored a good run against Ireland is very good news. Master Blaster Paul Stirling (New Sachin Tendulkar) is the man behind the victory of Ireland. Also Ryan ten Doeschate proved that he is ready to play for Kolkota Night riders in the coming IPL in KOLKOTA.

All the best Netherlands and Ireland

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 18, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

good game by the associates :D Was very entertaining and the Irish fully deserved the victory- they earned it with their level of concentration. Kudos to both teams for still playing at a high level despite both being out :) Let this game serve as a reminder to the ICC that by dropping the associates, they are killing off any potntial to spread the beautiful game of cricket to all parts of the world.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 18, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Ireland have impressed 1 and all during this world cup.....they are improving with each passing cup.....They deserved to be in contention for the quarters rather than the bangla tigers....all the best to ireland for their cricketing future....! :D

Posted by bhim on (March 18, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

PAUL STIRRLING future of ireland...superb allrounder...it was good clash..if IRELAND should ve won VS BANGLA the group would ve been more interesting now...well played ireland...hope to c u in 2015 WC:)

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