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
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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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  • Energetic. on July 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Ireland are by far the best associate team and deserve what they are craving for but saying they are better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh is just being silly. They probably beat Zimbabwe at home in a one-day series and give Bangladesh a ride for their money but if Ireland were to play a one-day series in i.e. Bangladesh where their wickets are low and slow and conditions are extremely humid, they are most likely going to get thrashed by them. Hopefully they will win on Tuesday and qualify for the 2015 World Cup and get that extra funding from ICC and get many more ODI games against the full nations.

  • cricket2011 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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.

  • 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.

  • tatactg 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?

  • TheRisingTeam 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.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    tatactg -

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icccont2010/engine/current/match/438901.html

    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.

  • EnglishCricket 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.

  • FAB_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.

  • Knightriders_suck 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.

  • Energetic. on July 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Ireland are by far the best associate team and deserve what they are craving for but saying they are better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh is just being silly. They probably beat Zimbabwe at home in a one-day series and give Bangladesh a ride for their money but if Ireland were to play a one-day series in i.e. Bangladesh where their wickets are low and slow and conditions are extremely humid, they are most likely going to get thrashed by them. Hopefully they will win on Tuesday and qualify for the 2015 World Cup and get that extra funding from ICC and get many more ODI games against the full nations.

  • cricket2011 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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.

  • 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.

  • tatactg 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?

  • TheRisingTeam 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.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    tatactg -

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icccont2010/engine/current/match/438901.html

    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.

  • EnglishCricket 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.

  • FAB_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.

  • Knightriders_suck 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.

  • kc69 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.) ???

  • NP_NY on July 8, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @Simon Power: You are absolutely right. Cricket fans world over would love to see Ireland play in the world cup and also be given test status. Good luck from India!

  • NP_NY on July 8, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I hiope they make it to the world cup. Besides, the 8 teams that played in the Champions Trophy, Ireland is the most exciting team to watch. If they'd had the same number of opportunities as BD and Zim, the fighting Irish will be way ahead of those teams by now.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 8, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    well played ireland. Hope they will give good fight im WC

  • nzcricket174 on July 8, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Ireland should be given one to two tests per year against the lower ranked teams, starting with Bangladesh, then moving on to Zimbabwe, then New Zealand, then West Indies, then Sri Lanka. This would be a great test to assess where there cricket is at. It would also be enough cricket so that if they are not up to the required standard, they are not being pummeled repeatedly. If they could show consistency in the 1-2 tests allocated per year, they could look for an increase to 3 or so.

  • on July 8, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Yes without giving more chances nobody can develop look at how irish play cricket not even strongest teams like paksitan , india , austalia etc is not fininding easy against them , they are able to challenege the top opposition that has been continously proven. ICC should look at FIFA how they are developing their game and atleast do 10% of the effort if the game need to be developed . if they are gven test status they will be a team like south africa , england etc with in 3 years .

  • on July 8, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    @b-link. Well your safe enough in your argument about Zim and Bang because the ICC wont allow us to prove otherwise. All I aspire, in my lifetime, is to be allowed to have it proved to me, on the field of play, that Bang and Zim are better test teams than Ireland.

    Irelands first test series is one I would lose happily and proudly (and tearily) if Porterfield ever leads the boys out for a 5 day game.

  • on July 8, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    So Ireland have now played 11 won 9 lost 1, 1 rained out. How much more do you want ICC? Games against test nations. OK - Pak tied one lost one by 2 wickets. What else? First class cricket - check. Right what other stupid reason are you now going to give for Ireland not to be a test nation. Wait! I know - not enough exposure to top class cricket... yeah ... 3 count them THREE games against test nations THIS YEAR. Ireland players are not leaving for test games they are leaving for any sort of competitive cricket they can get. Shame on you ICC

  • 777aditya on July 8, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Excellent piece of news to start the week! Wish this Irish team lots of luck and really looking forward to see them in the next WC. India (WC winners) managed to tie their league game against England in spite of scoring above 300, but the so called minnows put England in right perspective by dishing out the surprise of the tournament. Kevin O'Brien and Irish cricket team was a revelation. Amongst associate nations, Ireland and Afghanistan are not pushovers for sure.

  • on July 7, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I have much sympathy with Rakesh_Sharma. It is clear that ICC assume (ASSUME!) that because the Bangladesh elevation to Full member status hasn't worked - Ireland will follow suit. There NO connection, and NO comparison. The cases are entirely different - we live in a new century - never mind a new decade (or two!) I would understand if ICC were simply cautious in the matter -that would be sensible. But there's also a need for ICC leaders to show imagination, to be forward thinking. It seems no-one has considered the possibility that the domestic structure and grass roots support (which CI are doing an excellent job of developing) would grow more rapidly and more solidly if Full Membership elevation was brought forward. My argument is that the growth ICC require will follow MORE readily if they bit the bullet right now. That would allow CI management to do their development work in a far more buoyant environment. ICC- please - Do it now!

  • GeoffreysMother on July 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    B-Link I think you are right, but add Morgan and Rankin to the squad, and then add a a few who might claim Irish roots ( Docherty, McGrath Cork and O'Nions for example) and there is a side that would compete well in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on July 7, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Ireland must be given Test status . Thereafter they can be limited in tests to just about 6-8 Tests for first 5 years so as to give them a chance to improve First class cricket. They have been top Associate for last 10 years still no one is really helping them Why? Just look at Bangladesh. They could not even dominate Associates while they were not Test country but just one World cup appearance and just one win against Pakistan and than they were given full membership. Just for Vote bank politics by BCCI backed motion. Whatever improvement Bangladesh has done is just by playing Test cricket and getting whipped last 10 -12 years. Look at their team. Most started playing Tests while they were 16 years old and developed and learnt cricket playing just Tests and nothing else. If Ireland is given such oppurtunity of becoming good just by getting whipped by other Test nations they will be many many times better. Main thing is Cricket will look as a global game and develop.

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Time for a relegation tournament for ODI status. Top two or three Associate teams vs bottom two or three int'l teams. This would allow Ireland and Afghanistan to show their worth...and force Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to prove theirs.

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Another great win for Ireland again showing their dominance at the top of associate cricket. As Bumble Lloyd would say 'Start the Car!" CWC2015 here we come. Some great individual performances where folks stood up to be counted when things didn't quite go according to the game plan. Things could have been altogether different if Kerveese, Nannes and RTD were available to the Nederlands though. But for once can we have a discussion about Irish cricket aspirations without dragging Bangladesh into it for no reason?

  • Andre2 on July 7, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ cricket2011 on (July 7, 2013, 17:41 GMT) : Ireland proved again they are close to Test playing nations : ruthless victory against a minnow. They deserve ODI status and Test status : I would like to see them compete against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka for a start !

  • cricket2011 on July 7, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Ireland proved again that they are very very far away from Associate team and they need more games from test playing nations. Ireland cricket association need to make big stadium and live telecast matches. So they will get good sponsors.

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I think it is time for the boys in green to take it to the next level in ODI cricket. Both Afghanistan and Ireland deserve ODI status. They need to play regular competitive cricket with the Big Boys in order to get better. No offence to Bangladesh, but they haven't been doing anything special to justify their status as a test playing nation. If anything, Ireland could be a lot more competitive than both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It's just a matter of providing them with an opportunity to play high class cricket at the top level. No team can get better unless they are tested and challenged by a tougher opposition.

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I think it is time for the boys in green to take it to the next level in ODI cricket. Both Afghanistan and Ireland deserve ODI status. They need to play regular competitive cricket with the Big Boys in order to get better. No offence to Bangladesh, but they haven't been doing anything special to justify their status as a test playing nation. If anything, Ireland could be a lot more competitive than both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. It's just a matter of providing them with an opportunity to play high class cricket at the top level. No team can get better unless they are tested and challenged by a tougher opposition.

  • cricket2011 on July 7, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Ireland proved again that they are very very far away from Associate team and they need more games from test playing nations. Ireland cricket association need to make big stadium and live telecast matches. So they will get good sponsors.

  • Andre2 on July 7, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ cricket2011 on (July 7, 2013, 17:41 GMT) : Ireland proved again they are close to Test playing nations : ruthless victory against a minnow. They deserve ODI status and Test status : I would like to see them compete against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka for a start !

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Another great win for Ireland again showing their dominance at the top of associate cricket. As Bumble Lloyd would say 'Start the Car!" CWC2015 here we come. Some great individual performances where folks stood up to be counted when things didn't quite go according to the game plan. Things could have been altogether different if Kerveese, Nannes and RTD were available to the Nederlands though. But for once can we have a discussion about Irish cricket aspirations without dragging Bangladesh into it for no reason?

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Time for a relegation tournament for ODI status. Top two or three Associate teams vs bottom two or three int'l teams. This would allow Ireland and Afghanistan to show their worth...and force Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to prove theirs.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on July 7, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Ireland must be given Test status . Thereafter they can be limited in tests to just about 6-8 Tests for first 5 years so as to give them a chance to improve First class cricket. They have been top Associate for last 10 years still no one is really helping them Why? Just look at Bangladesh. They could not even dominate Associates while they were not Test country but just one World cup appearance and just one win against Pakistan and than they were given full membership. Just for Vote bank politics by BCCI backed motion. Whatever improvement Bangladesh has done is just by playing Test cricket and getting whipped last 10 -12 years. Look at their team. Most started playing Tests while they were 16 years old and developed and learnt cricket playing just Tests and nothing else. If Ireland is given such oppurtunity of becoming good just by getting whipped by other Test nations they will be many many times better. Main thing is Cricket will look as a global game and develop.

  • GeoffreysMother on July 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    B-Link I think you are right, but add Morgan and Rankin to the squad, and then add a a few who might claim Irish roots ( Docherty, McGrath Cork and O'Nions for example) and there is a side that would compete well in New Zealand and Australia.

  • on July 7, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I have much sympathy with Rakesh_Sharma. It is clear that ICC assume (ASSUME!) that because the Bangladesh elevation to Full member status hasn't worked - Ireland will follow suit. There NO connection, and NO comparison. The cases are entirely different - we live in a new century - never mind a new decade (or two!) I would understand if ICC were simply cautious in the matter -that would be sensible. But there's also a need for ICC leaders to show imagination, to be forward thinking. It seems no-one has considered the possibility that the domestic structure and grass roots support (which CI are doing an excellent job of developing) would grow more rapidly and more solidly if Full Membership elevation was brought forward. My argument is that the growth ICC require will follow MORE readily if they bit the bullet right now. That would allow CI management to do their development work in a far more buoyant environment. ICC- please - Do it now!

  • 777aditya on July 8, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Excellent piece of news to start the week! Wish this Irish team lots of luck and really looking forward to see them in the next WC. India (WC winners) managed to tie their league game against England in spite of scoring above 300, but the so called minnows put England in right perspective by dishing out the surprise of the tournament. Kevin O'Brien and Irish cricket team was a revelation. Amongst associate nations, Ireland and Afghanistan are not pushovers for sure.

  • on July 8, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    So Ireland have now played 11 won 9 lost 1, 1 rained out. How much more do you want ICC? Games against test nations. OK - Pak tied one lost one by 2 wickets. What else? First class cricket - check. Right what other stupid reason are you now going to give for Ireland not to be a test nation. Wait! I know - not enough exposure to top class cricket... yeah ... 3 count them THREE games against test nations THIS YEAR. Ireland players are not leaving for test games they are leaving for any sort of competitive cricket they can get. Shame on you ICC