Netherlands v Ireland, WCL Championship, Amstelveen July 7, 2013

O'Briens power Ireland to big win

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Ireland 236 (Porterfield 79, Niall O'Brien 70) beat Netherlands 148 (Barresi 55, Kevin O'Brien 4-13) by 88 runs

The O'Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, made telling contributions with bat and ball respectively to guide Ireland to a comprehensive 88-run win in Amstelveen, which left them needing just one more win to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. Niall scored 70 to help Ireland to 236 before Kevin ran through the Netherlands middle order to finish with his best ODI figures of 4 for 13 in seven overs to send Netherlands crashing to 148 in 36 overs.

Ireland began poorly when they opted to bat, losing Paul Stirling in the second over, bowled round his legs by Edgar Schiferli. Netherlands should have had William Porterfield off the second ball of the innings when he pushed the ball low to cover. The drop cost the hosts as the Ireland captain went on to top score with 79. The fielder, Michael Swart, redeemed himself soon after when he held the catch at extra cover to send back Ed Joyce for 22.

Ireland then staged the most decisive partnership of the match, that of 125 between Porterfield and Niall. Porterfield hit eight fours in his 79 while Niall scored four fours in his 70. The stand was broken when Niall was run out in the 38th over. Ireland lost another quick wicket when Gary Wilson was stumped off Swart. Kevin then walked in to add a quick 32 off 22 balls with three fours and a six. He was out slogging to deep midwicket to Mudassar Bukhari, who took 3 for 41.

Netherlands started their chase confidently, progressing to 52 for 1 after ten overs. They lost control after that as they lost three wickets for 19 runs. Kevin took the first of his four wickets when he had Tom Cooper caught for 8, before taking a return catch to get rid of the innings top-scorer, Wesley Barresi, for 55. Barresi's dismissal left the hosts limping at 99 for 5.

Kevin then claimed the wickets of Daan van Bunge and Bukhari to leave Ireland on the brink of victory. Alex Cusack sealed the win when he had Peter Borren caught at cover. Ireland now have 19 points from 11 games, four ahead of Scotland. Netherlands and Ireland meet again on Tuesday and a win for Ireland will make them the first side to qualify for the World Cup. Should they lose, they will have another chance when they face Scotland in the final round of matches in September.

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  • Cricket Fan on July 9, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    @Rafelgib : Yes, Ireland Cricket Board is not rich like Bangladesh Cricket board but Team Ireland is either equal or better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Let them play more to prove that they need TEST STATUS urgent. Team get money only through more games between team like India, Srilanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on July 9, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Im really not getting the point that why most of the people are blaming ICC for not giving TEST status to IRE?What IRE have to get a TEST status?Cricketing infrastructures;such as-Popularity among the general people as a game, proper cricket Stadiums (Not a open field),Live TV coverages,A good no. of First Class cricketers,financial capabilities to run cricket all over IRE?NO, they don't have adequate of those factors.Then why ICC would give TEST status to them but still ICC is trying to help them out sorting those problems.TEST status in 2020 would not be far from now if IRE cricket seriously works right now to improve over all the aspects of getting TEST status.All the best to IRE from Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam so you are saying that one of the 10 'Elite' test playing nations could not manage to scrape together 13-15 fit players to tour a region where they would benefit from exposure to the conditions against a team they could easily beat. That the refusal to tour had nothing at all to do with the fear that they may lose and so lose ranking points? Its a sad and sorry indictment of the professionalism of the cricketers in Bangladesh if they are unfit for purpose given the limited number of internationals they play in comparison to say India, Sri Lanka, Aus and England. In all honesty though IF BCB had asked the players i believe they would have cheerfully come over but these things are not decided by players but by Administrators.

  • reazul on July 8, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @Colm Mooney That was Zim A in an Intercontinental cup game where they scored nearly 600 runs with failed players like Debengwa scoring 140 runs against your bowling attack which basically support my previous comment about your weak bowling.It was Zim who was the significantly weakened side in that contest. TheRisingTeam has touched upon the real reason for BD not touring Ire,but why should BD always tour Ireland - they already toured Ire in 2010 & in 2012 and you want them to tour there in 2013?.The last time BD toured Ireland they failed to put the matches in TV(these are high octane Intl t20 matches for god's sake),only 1500 people show up in a 4000 capacity stadium(stormont, supposed to be 1 of the best 2 grounds in Ireland).This time Irish board wants to host BD in a no name school ground (Bready) for intl ODI & T20 matches with surely no tv coverage whereas they host Aus A team in there main stadiums.I mean exactly why should they tour if they are snubbed like this?

  • Shipu on July 8, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Colm:- Bangladesh refused to tour Ireland for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s since most of their players were not fit enough. This is cause most of them were on a break after the Zimbabwe tour and training again in Bangladesh just started a few weeks back. You can't send an unfit squad away on an tour so the BCB did the right thing for now. Plus Bangladesh has A and Under-19 tours soon so it was hard to fit in this interesting Ireland series but hopefully it will happen when deemed fit. I doubt Ireland can win any game against Bangladesh home or away to be honest.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    tatactg -

    This is a scorecard of the last time we played Zimbabwe in a four-day FC game, this was with a significantly weakened side and we still had nothing to fear from them.

    If they were so much stronger why did they feel the need to turn down a visit from the Irish cricket team?.

    Bangladesh were also asked to play a four-day game last year but declined and asked for T20i's instead. They also declined a tour to Ireland this year, while there fans remain confused as to why they're refusing a series against a reasonably matched side in conditions they should get more used to.

  • Joe on July 8, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Involving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to every Ireland topic clearly suggests that fans even the neutrals want to see these 3 teams play eachother so we can really see who is the best of weaker teams and deserve 'more'. A bilateral ODI series between Ireland and them or even a tri series would be great to see before the 2015 World Cup and though its very likely Ireland are going to qualify and win the World Cricket League Championship along with it, they need to play as many ODI games till then so that they can be a competitive team in the World Cup. Since Ireland came onto the scene in 2006, the amount of progress they have made in Cricket till now is simply unbelievable. Cricket is growing big time in Ireland now with number of participants for the game almost reaching 50,000.

  • Ali on July 8, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    If there is a tri-series among Bangladesh, Zimbabawe and Ireland, no one one will be surprised if Ireland wins it. They challenged Pakistan to a good effect, thats not a small thing especially batting against Pak bowlers and scoring good runs.

  • Mohan on July 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I guess if Ireland board swears fealty to BCCI, their path to tests will be cleared. BCCI cannot risk changing the power dynamics of the ICC voting blocks. Ireland, it is assumed will go in ECB's column and hence asian block will block them.

  • Krishna on July 8, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    So will ECB now force Kevin O'Brien to play for the English side in upcoming matches (Just like Morgan, Rankin etc.) ???