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Netherlands chase down 159 for second straight win

Netherlands 159 for 6 (O’Dowd 39, van der Merwe 37, Dockrell 2-30) beat Ireland 158 for 6 (Wilson 45*, van der Merwe 2-24) by 4 wickets

Roelof van der Merwe roars after an enchantment is upheld Peter Della Penna

A day after clinching a four-run win in opposition to Test nation Ireland, Netherlands went on to chase 159 with an over to spare in opposition to the identical opponents within the second match of the tri-series in Rotterdam. The four-wicket win was led by their openers earlier than Roelof van der Merwe scored 37 off 26 after which captain Pieter Seelaar noticed them via with an unbeaten 22. Van der Merwe had additionally taken two wickets earlier as Ireland scored 158 for 6 with an unbeaten 42-ball 45 from Gary Wilson.

Netherlands by no means let the required run charge uncontrolled as soon as Tobias Visee began the chase with a 15-ball 25 and his opening accomplice Max O’Dowd scored a brisk 39 off 24. George Dockrell broke the stand when he bowled Visee within the fourth over and Nos. three and four Ben Cooper and Bas de Leede received out cheaply. Between these two wickets, O’Dowd was caught behind off Stuart Thompson and Netherlands had been 97 for four within the 12th over.

However, van der Merwe and Seelaar stitched a stand of 39 runs in 32 balls, as van der Merwe struck three fours and a six. Even although he was bowled by Barry McCarthy within the 17th over, Netherlands wanted one other 23 runs from 20 balls and Seelaar’s unbeaten knock took them residence.

Earlier, Ireland opted to bat and their openers Paul Stirling (27 off 16) and James Shannon (31 off 21) gave them a flying begin. They placed on 58 runs by the fifth over however had been each bowled inside an area of 9 balls and it lowered Ireland’s run charge thereafter. The center order couldn’t capitalise on the platform, as left-arm medium-pacer Fred Klaassen and van der Merwe strangled the scoring charge. William Porterfield and Wilson couldn’t rating at a strike charge of over 110 within the 62 mixed balls they confronted collectively to attain a complete of 65 runs and despite the fact that Kevin O’Brien struck 13 runs off six balls, 158 didn’t show to be sufficient.

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