The Irish leaders took a big eighth wicket win over the Netherlands
Netherlands 157 (49.2 ovs) (M O’Dowd 36; C Young 4-18, J Little 4-39), Ireland 158-2 (43 ovs) (A Balbirnie 63no, P Stirling 52, H Tector 30no). Ireland won by 8 weeks to tie the series at 1-1
Pacemen Josh Little and Craig Young demolished the Netherlands’ first order, before Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie led Ireland to a complete eight-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the second ODI at SV Kampong in Utrecht Friday.
After winning the draw and choosing to strike for the second game in a row, the Dutch team got off to a good start with openers Stephen Myburgh and Max O’Dowd negotiating an uneven rebound early on. The pair put in 44 for the first wicket before Little changed the fortune of the game again.
Bowling at a constant speed of just under 90 mph, Little first cramped Myburgh (11) and tricked him into playing the ball, then the next ball passed Ben Cooper to the wicket keeper for a first ball duck. Changing angles and rounding the wicket towards O’Dowd (36), Little then beat the Dutch opener for rhythm and knocked over his stump.
After a brief partnership at 27 between captain Pieter Seelaar (11) and Bas de Leede (23), the two players found themselves in the flag in the space of four balls and the Netherlands found themselves at 85 for five. at the 28th.
Saq Zulfiqar, facing a quick single against Harry Tector in the middle of the wicket, suffered a hamstring injury in the race and had to retire injured, while the tail proved its worth at the end of the race, the Netherlands were ultimately all released for 157.
Irish bowling coach Stuart Barnes will be delighted with Ireland’s performance with the ball today, led by Young (four for 18) and Little (four for 39), well supported by Andy McBrine (one for 28) and Barry McCarthy (one for 33) who both played tight lines and with good control.
In response, Ireland lost William Porterfield for a duck, but Stirling (52) and Andrew Balbirnie (63 not) made 82 points to put Ireland in the driver’s seat. The pair looked comfortable in the crease throughout the day, with the pitch appearing to play with a more consistent rebound as the day progressed. Stirring increased his half-century to 61 balls, but fell soon after misplacing a ball halfway through.
Over the course of his innings, Stirling became the first hitter in world cricket to score 500 points in ODI cricket in 2021 – having scored 541 points since January with an incredible 90.16 average, with three centuries and two fifty.
Tector (30 not eliminated) joined Balbirnie and the pair entered an undefeated 67-point partnership to bring Ireland home for the win – and perhaps more importantly, the 10-point Super League of the Cup. of the world.