Ireland end World Cup campaign with six-wicket win over Netherlands (Roundup)

March 18th, 2011 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 18 (IANS) Ireland made short work of the Netherlands’ formidable target of 306 to register a comfortable six-wicket win in their last World Cup Group B match at the Eden Gardens here Friday.

Opener Paul Stirling (101) struck a blistering century and forged a 177-run stand with captain William Porterfield (68) to guide Ireland home in 47.4 overs and ended their World Cup campaign with a second win in the tournament.

Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doechate’s second ton (106) in the tournament went in vain as his team suffered its sixth successive loss and finished last in Group B.

Chasing 307 to win, the Irish looked at ease, racing to 81 for no loss in the first 10 overs.

The Dutch were never in the hunt in this high-scoring game as Stirling and Porterfield formed an ideal blend of caution and aggression to take the game away.

Stirling attacked from the start, hitting 14 boundaries and two sixes to score his second One-day International hundred.

Porterfield, while being at his tenacious best, lapped up his sixth ODI fifty in 66 balls. Wicketkeeper Niall O’ Brien remained 57 not out and took Ireland home safely.

Ed Joyce (28) and Gary Wilson (27) chipped in with cameos and summed up the clinical batting display by giant-killers Ireland.

Earlier, Doeschate struck a fluent century while skipper Peter Borren hit 84 to propel the Netherlands to their highest total in the tournament.

Doeschate and Borren were involved in a 121-run stand for the fifth wicket after the team was reduced to 113/4.

Put in to bat, Dutch opener Wesley Barresi had to leave the field in the second over after receiving a blow on the back of the head by a return throw from Kevin O’Brien. Barresi batted for a while before deciding to go out.

Eric Szwarczynski (1) and Tom Cooper (5) left early and the Netherlands were soon two wickets down for 12 runs.

Doeschate and Alexei Kervezee then put on 41 runs for the third wicket before John Mooney (2-59) removed Kervezee. Barresi (44) then returned and added 60 runs with Doeschate.

Doeschate and Borren then joined hands for a splendid partnership. The two played their strokes freely even as Ireland seamers got good bounce from the wicket.

Doeschate hit 13 fours and one six while Borren hit 10 fours. The partnership was broken when Mooney dismissed Doeschate, who came down the track to clear the long off, but was caught by Kevin.

Atse Buurman made 26 with the help of four boundaries to take the Netherlands past 300.

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