ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2009, Super Eights April 15, 2009

Ireland seal World Cup berth

Cricinfo staff

Ireland booked their place in the 2011 World Cup after a clinical six-wicket victory over Netherlands in Pretoria. After opting to field, Ireland's seamers struck regularly to prevent any of the partnerships between Netherlands' batsmen from reaching threatening proportions. Opener Alexei Kervezee anchored the innings with a patient 77, and Netherlands had a solid platform to take off from as they progressed to 163 for 4. Kervezee was then stumped, but quick 20s from Peter Borren and Tom de Grooth lifted them to 222. Ireland were never in trouble during their chase after their openers provided a steady beginning. The stand ended on 60 when Gary Wilson was caught behind, but 70s from William Porterfield and Eoin Morgan put them on track for a comfortable victory, which was acheived in the 45th over.

"We are obviously delighted to have achieved our primary objective which was to qualify for the World Cup," Ireland manager Roy Torrens told AFP. "Now we must maintain the momentum and win the final on Sunday. We loved every minute of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and everyone has worked so hard to reach the finals again.

"Our batting and fielding have been outstanding throughout this tournament and our bowlers have always given us fair targets to chase like today against the Dutch. Captain William Porterfield has set a wonderful example in the field. I rate him among the best in the world and his exploits rub off on the rest of the squad."

UAE kept their chances of making the semi-finals of the World Cup Qualifiers alive by beating Canada by five wickets and 112 balls to spare in Krugersdorp. The win also gave them a chance of finishing in the top six in the Super Eight, which will give them ODI status for the next four years. Canada made a sound start after choosing to bat, reaching 95 for 1 in the 20th over before they collapsed. Sandeep Jyoti was their top-scorer with 43 as they folded for 194. Saqib Ali was UAE's best bowler with 3 for 20. Canada were given a powerful start by opener Amjad Javed who smashed 40 off 23 balls. The middle-order batsmen made useful contributions and Khurram Khan scored an unbeaten half-century to lead his team to victory in the 32nd over.

Kenya slumped to a humiliating 201-run defeat against Namibia, who started the day at the bottom of the table, in Johannesburg. Kenya never recovered from the punishing start Namibia got from their openers, Raymond van Schoor and Jan-Berrie Berger. The pair put on 191 in 31 overs before Berger was dismissed for a whirlwind 125. van Schoor fell soon after for a more measured 61, and Kenya managed to pull things back to an extent by bowling out Namibia for 305. Kenya made a bright start, racing to 27 after 3.1 overs, but a slew of strikes from Namibia's new-ball bowlers, Gerry Synman and Louis Klazinga, reduced them to 51 for 5 after 10 overs. That effectively ended their chances, and they barely managed to get the total to triple-digits before folding in the 30th over.

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Super Eight
Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Ireland 6 5 1 0 0 10 +0.860 1226/245.5 1238/300.0
Canada 6 4 2 0 0 8 +0.855 1438/283.0 1151/272.2
Kenya 6 3 3 0 0 6 +0.006 1072/262.2 1146/280.5
Netherlands 6 3 3 0 0 6 -0.019 1395/289.5 1419/293.4
U.A.E. 6 3 3 0 0 6 -0.813 1168/277.5 1204/240.0
Namibia 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.022 1428/300.0 1397/292.1
Afghanistan 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.316 1392/300.0 1448/292.1
Scotland 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.576 1210/300.0 1326/287.4

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  • dave on April 15, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    this roundup doesn't explain the various teams chances. Is the final definitely canada ireland at this point (because even if canada loses friday their net run rate is too far ahead for anyone to catch them. And is there any special benefit from finishing top two (as opposed to top 4 or top six? Nowhere I can find this basic information about the tournament (otherwise you guys are doinbg a great job keeping us posted on this very important event. But HELP PLEASE

  • john on April 15, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    I like to see all kind of cricket and results its been like this for some time now I am looking at the point tables and technically all of the others team can make it to the final its all about permutation and computation .... as cos if kenya lose to the Irish and Dutch being a loser to the mapple leafs will mix up lot of things... then Afghan and namibia and Uae and even the brave hearts can go through all they need is big big victory i wonder whther its possible or not but i am surprised why no body is calculating it isn't the Net ru rate matters most after winning points any how good luck to the team in the last round i hope if they know they have a chance it will create extra energy for every one of the minnow powers cheers

  • Edward on April 15, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    I would love for the BCCI to reach out to the ODI teams among the ICC Qualifiers, and offer them the option to play in the Indian domestic one-day tournament (Is that a Ranji-style Super and Plate League, or still Regional?)... This would give the teams much needed practice and cricketing experience.

    Just forget about cost-benefit and pay for their entire trips! The BCCI is going to be the body that runs world cricket in any case, and this a great way to make cricket even more centered in India, and have the goodwill and support of the cricketing world.

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