Netherlands v Ireland, WCL Championship, Amstelveen July 9, 2013

Ireland secure World Cup qualification after tie

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Ireland 268 for 5 (Joyce 96*, Niall 50) tied with Netherlands 268 for 9 (van Bunge 45, Barresi 46, Kevin 3-52)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It went down to the wire at Amstelveen with Netherlands needing 13 off the last over with a wicket in hand. The equation narrowed down to six needed off the final ball to tie and Michael Rippon did just that, and though Netherlands denied Ireland a win, the result was good enough for Ireland to become the first Associate nation to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The tension began to build when Tom Cooper was dismissed in the 48th over, leaving the hosts with 16 to get off the last two overs with three wickets in hand. Alex Cusack bowled a tight penultimate over, conceding just three runs and dismissing Mudassar Bukhari, caught in the deep. The pressure piled on the ninth-wicket pair of Edgar Schiferli and Rippon heading into the final over and it escalated when Schiferli was run out off the second ball.

John Mooney didn't concede a run off his first three balls, but his next three went for plenty. Rippon took two off the fourth and hit a four off the fifth. With seven needed to win off the final ball, Mooney only needed to ensure he bowled a legal delivery, in order to deny Netherlands a victory. The final ball disappeared over long-on but Ireland had done just enough to make it to their third consecutive World Cup.

For the second time in as many matches, Ireland's O'Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, made solid contributions with bat and ball respectively. Niall made an exact 50, while Kevin took 3 for 52. Ed Joyce held the innings together with an unbeaten 96 after Ireland opted to bat. The Ireland openers got off to a good start, adding 73 within 14 overs before William Porterfield was bowled by the offspinner Michael Swart for 30. His opening partner Paul Stirling made a run-a-ball 49 before he drove Rippon straight to Cooper at cover.

Niall and Joyce then added 113 for the third wicket, the most productive stand of the innings. Niall pushed a single to cover to reach his fifty but fell in the same over, bowled by Cooper trying to sweep. Bukhari took two wickets to reduce Ireland to 235 for 5 off 46 overs. Joyce needed 11 for a century before the final over and when he faced the penultimate ball, he needed five. He could only manage a single, annoyed with himself for not being able to retain strike.

Netherlands began positively, getting to 50 within nine overs before Stephan Myburgh was bowled by a Stirling top spinner for 35 off 26 balls. Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi took the score to 135 before Ireland hit back with three quick wickets for seven runs. Barresi fell four short of a fifty when he was caught behind off Kevin.

Daan van Bunge helped Netherlands make a quick recovery with a brisk 45 off 40 balls, taking the score to 210 off 41 overs before Kevin trapped him lbw. The asking rate crept above seven after van Bunge's dismissal and Peter Borren and Cooper helped keep the hosts in the game with a stand of 34. Porterfield took a sharp catch at midwicket to send back Cooper and give Kevin his third wicket. The final-wicket pair had all but taken Netherlands past the finish line but Ireland were the bigger victors at the end of the day.

With Ireland through, the second qualification slot for the World Cup is still open, with Netherlands, Scotland and Afghanistan in the mix.

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  • on July 13, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    To the ICC I say - your safe enough now - no test team will play us until September - no more pressure until the tournament itself - where if we dont do something exceptional you can ignore us again. With many here I would support the Netherlands and Afghanistan as worthy of more investment and nurturing but Ireland ARE different - we are consistently competing with test teams - consistently (over more than a decade) by FAR the best associate - compare us to test nations not associates - isnt this what you had in mind when you wanted to bring on other countries? Build a first class system (check), professional structure (check), consistent good performances against test teams (check) What else do you want? The scandal is that the ICC have given Ireland NO guidance about how we can move to the next level - and we are just guessing - do the honorable thing, expand cricket and allow teams with undoubted talent to test themselves at the highest level before we lose all our talent.

  • cricket2011 on July 11, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I am a hard die fan of Cricket. To develop cricket internationally we have to support at least top 10 Associate countries especially Ireland, Afghanistan and Nepal. Also lot of Highly talented players are playing in associate countries but they lost their cricket future because of their birth. For eg: Morgan and Rankin wen to England. Ed Joyce went to England in 2007 for their cricket future. So I say please give some countries TEMPORARY TEST STATUS and play atleast 10 Tests and 15 ODI and 10 T20 against Full members. So Cricket can grow. Any way all the best IRELAND. Keny was good team in 2003 but after 2003 WC what is their status ? They lost only because lack of games against test playing nations.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 10, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Fantastic to see Associate Nations continually coming through the ranks and not so much just putting up their hands to say "pick me, pick me" - but screaming and kicking the proverbial doors down to try and get the recognition they deserve. Who says cricket is dying eh? Pretty much every developed country is at least having a go these days, and that is great to see/hear.

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Congrats Ireland - From a Pak Cricket fan. I believe Ireland is good enough to warrant a direct entry and need not to go through these fixtures. Netherlands are just behind Ireland and looking forward to see these associate members do some damage.

  • on July 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    CricketMaster286 - I'm with you CM, I do believe the Dutch board do hard and honest work and there teams shows a lot of fight and grit on the field. It's sad that they lost players like Kervezee, Tendoeschate and Nannes. I'm a fan of Ireland so I know what it's like to lose players to the supposed bigger sides.

    People say why do they field non-dutch players, well if there dutch born players showed the loyalty Cooper/Borren has shown then the Dutch like Ireland would be much more successful than they currently are.

    But I do also feel the ICC should give more assistance financially to all the associates/affialiates. They possess billions of dollars but seem very reluctant to disperse it among the sides who actually need it.

  • on July 10, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Emrose Shoeb Probal - I understand those stats but they greatly flatter BD, I'm not saying for one minute BD aren't a hugely improved side.

    Although the 3-0 whitewash in BD was against a team consisting of amateur players, guys who were farmers, truck drivers, electricians, salesmen, carpenter, postmen etc. Who went off to BD to play in foreign conditions when these were guys who work during the day and after work they head to the cricket field and practice. Not full-time cricketers which Bd are lucky to have :)

    The 3-0 win in Ireland during the T20i series, if you looked at the results, two of those games were beyond close, one was a win of the last ball, and the other was won by 1 wicket, although the first win was a very convincing win by BD and well done but the scoreline wasn't as fair as the 3-0 suggested.

    I'm not saying they're not a good side but considering BD receive 10 million in funding over Ireland's 525,000. You would think they would be miles ahead of Ireland...

  • shafi ahmed on July 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    ireland should play directly. we know they can beat any team in their day. why they have to go through this process. ireland recently give hard fight against pakistan and few opportunity they get

  • virendra_s on July 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Congratulations Ireland....Well done ...from an ardent Ireland Fan!!!

  • on July 10, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @Anil_Koshy: What sense u have mentioned,Ireland is better than BD??? Here is Stats: ODI Stats: In BD, BD won 4 matches,IRE-0,In Ireland,Ireland-1,BD-1,In Neutral Venue,Ire-1 (world cup),BD-0. /// T20 Stats: In BD, BD-0,Ire-0, In Ire, BD-3,Ire-0, in neautral venue,BD-0,Ire-1 (in world cup).Now tell me,who is better?? I dont understand why people compare with Ireland?? BD is far better than Ireland. Ireland only played good cricket against Pak.BD already Beat almost every team in recent times.Draw with SL (1-1),Win over WI (3-2),White washed NZ (4-0),Runners up in Asia Cup.How many times IRE produced this type of results in recent times???

  • CrICkeeet on July 10, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Ireland is a gr8 team, if dey going lyk dis, surely dey dsrv d test status widin 4-5 years. bt d ppl who r saying 2 giv dem d test status now, i dont agree wid them. we dont wanna see another zim or ban (who r strglng)..... ire need a l8l bit more tym.. anyway carry on

  • on July 13, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    To the ICC I say - your safe enough now - no test team will play us until September - no more pressure until the tournament itself - where if we dont do something exceptional you can ignore us again. With many here I would support the Netherlands and Afghanistan as worthy of more investment and nurturing but Ireland ARE different - we are consistently competing with test teams - consistently (over more than a decade) by FAR the best associate - compare us to test nations not associates - isnt this what you had in mind when you wanted to bring on other countries? Build a first class system (check), professional structure (check), consistent good performances against test teams (check) What else do you want? The scandal is that the ICC have given Ireland NO guidance about how we can move to the next level - and we are just guessing - do the honorable thing, expand cricket and allow teams with undoubted talent to test themselves at the highest level before we lose all our talent.

  • cricket2011 on July 11, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I am a hard die fan of Cricket. To develop cricket internationally we have to support at least top 10 Associate countries especially Ireland, Afghanistan and Nepal. Also lot of Highly talented players are playing in associate countries but they lost their cricket future because of their birth. For eg: Morgan and Rankin wen to England. Ed Joyce went to England in 2007 for their cricket future. So I say please give some countries TEMPORARY TEST STATUS and play atleast 10 Tests and 15 ODI and 10 T20 against Full members. So Cricket can grow. Any way all the best IRELAND. Keny was good team in 2003 but after 2003 WC what is their status ? They lost only because lack of games against test playing nations.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 10, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Fantastic to see Associate Nations continually coming through the ranks and not so much just putting up their hands to say "pick me, pick me" - but screaming and kicking the proverbial doors down to try and get the recognition they deserve. Who says cricket is dying eh? Pretty much every developed country is at least having a go these days, and that is great to see/hear.

  • Desihungama on July 10, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Congrats Ireland - From a Pak Cricket fan. I believe Ireland is good enough to warrant a direct entry and need not to go through these fixtures. Netherlands are just behind Ireland and looking forward to see these associate members do some damage.

  • on July 10, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    CricketMaster286 - I'm with you CM, I do believe the Dutch board do hard and honest work and there teams shows a lot of fight and grit on the field. It's sad that they lost players like Kervezee, Tendoeschate and Nannes. I'm a fan of Ireland so I know what it's like to lose players to the supposed bigger sides.

    People say why do they field non-dutch players, well if there dutch born players showed the loyalty Cooper/Borren has shown then the Dutch like Ireland would be much more successful than they currently are.

    But I do also feel the ICC should give more assistance financially to all the associates/affialiates. They possess billions of dollars but seem very reluctant to disperse it among the sides who actually need it.

  • on July 10, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Emrose Shoeb Probal - I understand those stats but they greatly flatter BD, I'm not saying for one minute BD aren't a hugely improved side.

    Although the 3-0 whitewash in BD was against a team consisting of amateur players, guys who were farmers, truck drivers, electricians, salesmen, carpenter, postmen etc. Who went off to BD to play in foreign conditions when these were guys who work during the day and after work they head to the cricket field and practice. Not full-time cricketers which Bd are lucky to have :)

    The 3-0 win in Ireland during the T20i series, if you looked at the results, two of those games were beyond close, one was a win of the last ball, and the other was won by 1 wicket, although the first win was a very convincing win by BD and well done but the scoreline wasn't as fair as the 3-0 suggested.

    I'm not saying they're not a good side but considering BD receive 10 million in funding over Ireland's 525,000. You would think they would be miles ahead of Ireland...

  • shafi ahmed on July 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    ireland should play directly. we know they can beat any team in their day. why they have to go through this process. ireland recently give hard fight against pakistan and few opportunity they get

  • virendra_s on July 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Congratulations Ireland....Well done ...from an ardent Ireland Fan!!!

  • on July 10, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @Anil_Koshy: What sense u have mentioned,Ireland is better than BD??? Here is Stats: ODI Stats: In BD, BD won 4 matches,IRE-0,In Ireland,Ireland-1,BD-1,In Neutral Venue,Ire-1 (world cup),BD-0. /// T20 Stats: In BD, BD-0,Ire-0, In Ire, BD-3,Ire-0, in neautral venue,BD-0,Ire-1 (in world cup).Now tell me,who is better?? I dont understand why people compare with Ireland?? BD is far better than Ireland. Ireland only played good cricket against Pak.BD already Beat almost every team in recent times.Draw with SL (1-1),Win over WI (3-2),White washed NZ (4-0),Runners up in Asia Cup.How many times IRE produced this type of results in recent times???

  • CrICkeeet on July 10, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Ireland is a gr8 team, if dey going lyk dis, surely dey dsrv d test status widin 4-5 years. bt d ppl who r saying 2 giv dem d test status now, i dont agree wid them. we dont wanna see another zim or ban (who r strglng)..... ire need a l8l bit more tym.. anyway carry on

  • Captainman on July 10, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Totally against importing players from other nations. Total disadvantage to the opposition who doesn't use these methods. I agree 100% with fan333.

  • CricketMaster286 on July 10, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Cricketfan333 To get NL bread more players who can perform at highest level, you need enough funding to enable you to increase numbers, put structures in place and maintain them etc. Its a chicken and egg situation. But, in the end, if the ICC gives more of their huge pot of money to the smaller nations, and stop looking too much after the interest of their own test playing countries, NL will be able to produce (even) better teams from (even more) home grown players.

  • calcu on July 10, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Wowwww!!! This article was not even introduced in the main blogspace of cricinfo, and yet it has achieved 32 comments so far(including this). Just shows that cricket lovers like thrilling matches between associates also!!

  • frozendilemma on July 10, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    ICC is a joke and Ireland is an amazing team.They should have whitewashed Pakistan 2-0.Pakistan got extremely lucky.

  • Stevros3 on July 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @ Cricketfan333 I wouldn't quote PNG in that list now since they've drafted in ex-England player Geraint Jones into their midst.

  • Jonah58 on July 10, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @AlvinJoe no you are mistaken the ICC have NOT promised Ireland test status in 2020. Cricket Ireland have stated that it is their ambition to Achieve 'Test' Staus by 2020 and are putting the structures such as a 1st class competition and the stadia required in pace ahead of this date. There is no reason to suggest that once all of this is done the ICC will then not move the goalpost further and out some furter obstacle in the way.

  • Cricketfan333 on July 10, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @Cricketmaster286-I am not saying KNCB shouldnt receive more funding than other associates bcoz cricket is a minority sport in NL.KNCB should receive more funding than lower ranked associates if they are able to beat lower ranked teams with most players born/bred there.I meant reason why NL could not field a team with most players born there in qualifying tournaments that can beat teams like PNG,Nepal is that cricket is a minority sport there.Ofcourse funding should be based on performances not popularity but homegrown players should perform.

  • Jonah58 on July 10, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @The_Ashes of course you are right Ireland are a really terrible team and their shocking performance of played 12 won 9 Lost 1 tied 1 and N/R 1 gives a true reflection of just how lucky they have been to scrape through and qualify for CWC15 with only 2 matches of the series left to play. Bangladesh of course proved how much better they are than these Irish pretenders by coming over this summer and hammering them off the park as did Zimbabwe when they graciously accepted Cricket Ireland's offer to tour this year with that comprehensive series win they handed out. I find it funny how no matter what the Irish team do on the pitch and seeing how professionally managed they are off of it given the limited funding they receive from the ICC in comparison to those to great cricking giants of Zim and Ban and the 'Full member' funding they receive.

  • CricketMaster286 on July 10, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    cricketfan 333 does not know what he is talking about. The KNCB in Holland is working tremendously hard on a shoestring budget based on peanuts thrown to them by ICC to grow cricket. To suggest that countries like the Netherlands should receive less funding is absurd! Perhaps he would be better off campaigning the ICC to hand over more money alltogether to any country trying to desperately set up and keep up a cricket structure, which is led by people highly dedicated to cricket. Cricket may not be large in the Netherlands but those involved, and its still quite a good number of people, are very passionate about what they are doing.

  • The_Ashes on July 10, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Did Ireland win this game against a team like Netherlands? NO!! so its inevitable what i.e. Bangladesh would've done to Ireland especially in their conditions. Ireland Cricket team just like the Dutch are poor players of spin. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are obviously better than Ireland.

  • AlvinJoe on July 10, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    @Narbavi - The I.C.C has promised Ireland test status in the year 2020.

  • mihir_nam on July 10, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Congratulations, But what next for Ireland. Only one ODI against England cumming up then what dry and direct in World Cup. they need at-least 15ODi's before World Cup against Full Members. Top two qualified teams should get 15games against full Members and Next 2 should atleast 10games against Full Members..

  • Cricketfan333 on July 10, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @ohhbuoy and 777aditya-Without the hired imports,teams like Holland,Canada,UAE are favourites to lose to teams lower ranked than them like PNG,Nepal,Uganda.Cricket is a minority sport in Holland but it is a major sport in PNG,Nepal.So it is actually better for cricket if teams like PNG,Nepal qualify for WC and get ODI status than Holland as they have potential of becoming test nations.It is unfair to likes of such teams that they have to face "United XIs' in qualifying tournaments which makes it difficult to get more ICC funding they deserve( what NL,Canada collect which they actually dont deserve).It is time for ICC to impose restrictions on no of imports associates can field.

  • on July 10, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Indianpunjabi - You genuinely think Scotland is better than Ireland?

    I can remember losing to Scotland once since 2007, yet you think they're better. You must be kidding me.

    The stats show, we have won 98% of our fixtures against associates/affialites. We lost one game this year and one last year that says it all...

  • Cricketfan333 on July 10, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ohhbuoy-The Dutch 'World XI' had just 4 Dutch developed players,but Ireland had only 3 imports TJ,Cusack,Murtagh.Ireland lost 2 of their best players to england,so effectively it means just 1 import.So Ireland actually deserve to thrash Holland and easily qualify for world cup when they had to fight hard and tie.It is unfair to Ireland.

  • 777aditya on July 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @ Cricketfan333 - By the yardstick you wave around, more than half the English side is South African and from elsewhere - despite that, they are rated amongst the best sides in world cricket today. There simply cannot be different scales of measure for regular sides like England versus associate nations like Holland. Associate nations actually deserve all the support they can get. It is understood that they will field foreign players because cricket is not a culture in their country yet. Just imagine, if cricket catches up in the associate nations, wont there be more national players in their sides?!

  • sonti on July 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    It is sad to see ireland with quality they have still have to compete for a place in playing the world cup they are better than some of the regular teams any way congratulations to the Irish team and wish them well in the world cup to be held next in 2015

  • grahaam on July 10, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Well done Irish guys, hopefully a chance to clash with the weaker sides in the top level and push case for more recognition

  • Narbavi on July 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Ireland doesn't have to go through this especially with the kind of talent that they have, anyway still congratulations, hope to see them play their first ever test within the next two years!!

  • ohhbuoy on July 10, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Cntd....Malik infact has come through ranks frm NL cricket structure, he startaed with Rotterdam club VOC, playing in there 3rd team in 2006, then grew through ranks in VOC and debuted for VOC first team in 2008 and since then has played for VOC fr 7 years before shifting to ACC this year. Bukhari too has a similar story. Schieferli is out on out dutch as well. So except Cooper and Swart, the rest of the squad is picked after player having spent multiple seasons in local dutch set up. Yes one can argue why not out and out dutch born players, though that wll come along as we are moving ahead. Look at the team which took the field in 4 day game against IReland and you have the answer to what the future looks like in terms of home grown players. FYI, IRE too, have porterfiled+Murtagh/england born, johnston+Cusack/Aussie hence they too have a mix and not fully original :)!

  • ohhbuoy on July 10, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    To Cricketfan333 and another anonymous post regarding dutch using foreign player, let me share with you the facts, out of the 11 which took the fiels yesterday here is how the team stack, Myburg (frm SAF, though has ploughed his trade in NL for last 7 seasons playing in there 2nd tier and now in the first tier of the NL TOPKLASSE for HCC), Eris (frm SAF) but has played fr dutch u-23 and A team too and has been involved in dutch domestic cricket since 2005. Barressi too is frm SAF though has been in NL for last 6 seasons in domestic cricket. Tom cooper and swart yes are foreigners in true sense. Van bunge is local dutch broght up cricketer and plays for HCC, Borren (kiwi born), though has been in NL for last 10 odd years and involved in domestic champions VRA, Rippon/Saf, though again been involved in local leagues for 4 years. Bukhari+Malik, both born in nPAK though brought up since they were 11 and 9 respectively in NL hence learnt in NL, they play for AC....cntd

  • yohandf1984 on July 10, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @ Zafar Khan - there is another round in september . check the stats . it is not published in cricinfo schedule yet .I think Netherlands will get there . they have 2 games left with Canada which they can pull off and end up on 19 points . Afgans need to win all 4 remaining games vs Kenya and namibia and only can tie with 19 points of Netherlands . Afgan net run rate is -.3 which is an disadvantage . Unless rain effects Netherlands on their way . No worries for any Netherland , Afagan or even scotland coz there are two more slots on offer later .

  • Anil_Koshy on July 10, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    It is a shame that a good team like Ireland has to fight for a place in World Cup, they are better than Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in all respects,

  • IndianEagle on July 10, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    i read the live commentry during rain interuption of ind vs wi, it was exciting to read six of last ball. Surely ireland deserved qualification. Gud luck ireland.

  • on July 10, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Second time Ireland ties an ODI this year. Well, done!

  • Cricketfan333 on July 10, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    The dutch xi had only 3 players born in Holland!By fielding a team full of foreigners teams such as Holland are able to qualify for icc events they dont deserve ahead of teams such as afghanistan,nepal who field only players born there.ICC should take note of this and introduce limitations on number of imports each team can include.

  • TheRisingTeam on July 10, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    First of all congrats to Ireland for being the first team to qualify for the World Cup and also win the World Cricket league tournament with 2 games to spare. But seriously if Ireland struggle against a team like Netherlands like this game today where it was a tie not a win, can you imagine how Ireland could cope with Zimbabwe or Bangladesh especially if they tour away? even their game on Sunday against this Dutch bowling attack Ireland batting was pretty poor.

  • Indianpunjabi on July 9, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Scotland is better than Ireland

  • on July 9, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    How many genuine dutch players were in the team and how old are they?

  • Stevros3 on July 9, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @ Zafar that would leave it to net run rate goingafter this round however the final round is still to come (exact fixture dates still to come). The Netherlands have bottom of the table Canada, whilst Afghanistan have Kenya. I think it will be tight but you would think that Afghanistan would have to pull something special out. Scotland you would think really up against it as they have a large net run rate deficit to turn around with their final matches against Ireland I don't see them winning both, let alone by a big enough margin. UAE, have a mathematical chance if they beat Canada and Namibia twice, but they need all of Afghanistan, Scotland and Netherlands all to lose a match.

  • on July 9, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    congrats Ireland

  • loki897 on July 9, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    If I was ICC these are the changes I would do to Test Cricket: 1) Have a 5 day first class tourament between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh (suited in a time when they free) with the top four associates of the ICC Intercontiental Cup (because it similar to test). They can do a round robin and the top 2 in the table qualify for Test status and the final of the tourament. This tourament should happen every 2 years.

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    My favorite team is Ireland among the associates :)

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I think afghanistan will through.. they have just to beat Namibia twice .. thats it .

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  • on July 9, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I think afghanistan will through.. they have just to beat Namibia twice .. thats it .

  • on July 9, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    My favorite team is Ireland among the associates :)

  • loki897 on July 9, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    If I was ICC these are the changes I would do to Test Cricket: 1) Have a 5 day first class tourament between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh (suited in a time when they free) with the top four associates of the ICC Intercontiental Cup (because it similar to test). They can do a round robin and the top 2 in the table qualify for Test status and the final of the tourament. This tourament should happen every 2 years.

  • on July 9, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    congrats Ireland

  • Stevros3 on July 9, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @ Zafar that would leave it to net run rate goingafter this round however the final round is still to come (exact fixture dates still to come). The Netherlands have bottom of the table Canada, whilst Afghanistan have Kenya. I think it will be tight but you would think that Afghanistan would have to pull something special out. Scotland you would think really up against it as they have a large net run rate deficit to turn around with their final matches against Ireland I don't see them winning both, let alone by a big enough margin. UAE, have a mathematical chance if they beat Canada and Namibia twice, but they need all of Afghanistan, Scotland and Netherlands all to lose a match.

  • on July 9, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    How many genuine dutch players were in the team and how old are they?

  • Indianpunjabi on July 9, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Scotland is better than Ireland

  • TheRisingTeam on July 10, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    First of all congrats to Ireland for being the first team to qualify for the World Cup and also win the World Cricket league tournament with 2 games to spare. But seriously if Ireland struggle against a team like Netherlands like this game today where it was a tie not a win, can you imagine how Ireland could cope with Zimbabwe or Bangladesh especially if they tour away? even their game on Sunday against this Dutch bowling attack Ireland batting was pretty poor.

  • Cricketfan333 on July 10, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    The dutch xi had only 3 players born in Holland!By fielding a team full of foreigners teams such as Holland are able to qualify for icc events they dont deserve ahead of teams such as afghanistan,nepal who field only players born there.ICC should take note of this and introduce limitations on number of imports each team can include.

  • on July 10, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Second time Ireland ties an ODI this year. Well, done!