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World Cup 2011 – Ireland vs Netherlands: Ireland Beat Netherlands By 6 Wickets

By on March 18, 2011

Ireland 307 for 4 (Stirling 101, Porterfield 68, Cooper 2-31) beat Netherlands 306 (ten Doeschate 106, Borren 84, Stirling 2-51) by six wickets…

All-rounder Paul Stirling cracked a 72-ball 101 as Ireland completed their World Cup campaign on a winning note despite their group stage exit with a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Friday.

The Dutch had posted a competitive 306 from their 50 overs on the back chiefly of 106 from Ryan ten Doeschate and 84 from skipper Peter Borren.

But their innings dramatically ran out of steam with their last four wickets falling in successive balls, all from run-outs, as they chased valuable extra runs in the final over from Kevin O’Brien.

From early in the Irish innings it was clear that the Dutch total would probably be found wanting on a batsman’s delight of a wicket.

Stirling and captain William Porterfield (68) put on 177 for the first wicket and all their batsmen went on to make useful contributions before Kevin O’Brien lofted a huge six over long off to overhaul the Dutch total with 14 balls to spare.

It was a low point for the consistently impressive ten Doeschate to finish his World Cup campaign as he joined a select band to score his second century at this World Cup.

The powerful Dutchman slammed a superb 106, including 13 fours and a six, to join South African AB De Villiers and India’s Sachin Tendulkar as the only players so far to score two hundreds in this tournament.

The Dutch had gone into the match without a win from their previous five matches but after a dreadful start in which they lost Eric Szwarczynski (1) and Tom Cooper (5) with only 12 on the board, ten Doeschate rebuilt their innings.

After he departed, caught by John Mooney off spinner Stirling, Borren carried on the assault on the Irish bowlers with 84, including 10 fours off 82 balls.

Source: Times of India

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