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)
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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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Cricket Fan 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.

  • Nicholas 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.

  • Jawwad 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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 on July 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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???

  • Khub 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

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