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Ireland Get Home In Thriller: Ireland vs Netherlands

By on June 2, 2009

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Ireland 135 for 7 (Botha 35, Seelar 3-28) tied with Netherlands 135 for 9 (ten Doeschate 29, McCallan 3-32, Rankin 2-24). Ireland won via the Super Over….

Both sides managed 135 from their 20 overs but it was the Irish who held their nerve when each had another scheduled six balls to surmount.

Netherlands pace man Dirk Nannes did exceptionally well to restrict his opposing batsmen to just six but his team-mates only lasted four deliveries of Trent Johnston’s over in reply during which they lost the two wickets afforded to them, the last to a run out to go down by four runs.

Netherlands so nearly won the match twice but in the end they could only take comfort from the parity achieved during their 20-over contest.

Edgar Schiferli struck an early blow when defending 135 as Jeremy Bray edged behind without scoring.
The experienced seamer then claimed the crucial wicket of Ireland skipper Will Porterfield in his next over – again caught by Jeroen Smits – to leave the batting side firmly on the back-foot.

Paul Stirling (27) and Andre Botha (35) appeared to be getting dangerously behind the required rate until the former pulled Ryan ten Doeschate over midwicket for six to begin the chase in earnest.

Botha brought up the 50-partnership when he slashed Peter Borren over backward point for a boundary. A mix-up then ended with Smits coolly taking aim to run out Stirling with the batsman short of his crease going for two.

Spin bowler Pieter Seelaar bowled Kevin O’Brien in the next over to leave the match in the balance as it entered the closing stages.

Seelaar then lured Botha down the wicket in his next over and had the left-hander stumped by a delivery that turned and left the batsman. Trent Johnston kept the Irish in the hunt, however, with two boundaries in the same over.

Johnston (17) and Wilson (22) edged Ireland steadily towards their target but tight overs from Nannes during which Johnston miscued to mid-off and ten Doeschate left Ireland needing 20 from the last two overs.

Wilson took fours off the last two balls of the penultimate over – bowled by Maurits Jonkman – to leave nine to get off the last six balls.

Seelaar held his nerve better than Wilson as the slow bowler claimed his third wicket when the batsman charged out of his crease and became another stumping victim.

Regan West hit his first ball for four but could only acquire two from the next two, leaving two needed from the last delivery. Seelaar’s full toss was hit by West to midwicket for a single, meaning the game would be decided by a ‘Super Over’.

Netherlands had earlier reached 135-9 from their 20 overs with ten Doeschate top-scoring on 29.

Ireland kept a tight rein on the batting side during the Powerplay overs with Peter Connell dismissing Alexei Kervezee in the second over before Boyd Rankin removed Bas Zuiderent (9), following a brief flurry, when he pulled to West at wide mid-on.

Opener Darron Reekers hit the first six of the innings during an 18-ball 20 but he was removed before he could do too much damage when he was bowled by West as the right-hander backed away to cut through the off-side.

Eric Szwarczynski was then run out, attempting a third run on a mis-field by West on the boundary, as the Netherlands stuttered to 66-4 at the halfway stage Daan van Bunge (18) added 41 with ten Doeschate but he was the next to go when he pulled Kyle McCallan to Bray at midwicket.

Ten Doeschate brought up the 100 with a flowing cover driven four off Connell and Borren further boosted the Dutch with successive sixes off Kyle McCallan in the 16th over.

The latter fell in the next over, however, as he looked to fetch the ball from outside off-stump onto the leg-side but could only loop up a simple catch to Connell behind square.

Ten Doeschate then yorked himself as he advanced down the track and was bowled by McCallan after top-scoring with 29. Schiferli departed next ball when he missed a sweep and was adjudged leg before.

Nannes could only touch a probing Rankin delivery to Wilson behind the stumps, as the innings tailed off, but the Dutch player’s work was only just beginning.

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