Brilliant Stirling Century Sets Up Ireland Victory
Ireland 307-4 (Stirling 101, Porterfield 68) beat
Netherlands 306 (ten Doeschate 106) by 6 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Kolkata
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Ireland rounded off their Cricket World Cup campaign with an imrpessive six-wicket victory over the Netherlands after Paul Stirling blasted 101 in 72 balls.
Ryan ten Doeschate had earlier hit 106 as the Dutch were dismissed for 306 but Stirling's effort, which included 14 fours and two sixes, set the Irish up to taste victory - for the second time in the tournament - with 14 balls to spare.
He forged a spectacular 177-run partnership with William Porterfield in 27 overs as Ireland hared out of the blocks in pursuit of their target; Porterfield's share being 68 in 93 balls.
Only ten Doeschate (1-58) was spared from the early assault although his figures suffered later on with Niall O'Brien guiding Ireland home with an unbeaten 57 in 58 balls.
Ed Joyce (28) and Gary Wilson (27 in 21 balls) also made useful contributions to keep Ireland on course for a second chase of 300 or more, having beaten England in similar fashion.
Kevin O'Brien - Ireland's hero on that occasion - was unbeaeten on 15 in nine balls.
Earlier, the Netherlands recovered from a poor start to post a competitive total. Trent Johnston and Boyd Rankin dismissed Eric Szwarczynski (1) and Tom Cooper (5) respectively before Wesley Barresi (44) helped the impressive ten Doeschate get the innings back on track.
Ten Doeschate, who like O'Brien reached three figures playnig against England earlier in the tournament, eventually reached in 106 in 108 balls with 13 fours and a six before he was caught by John Mooney off Stirling's bowling.
Captain Peter Borren also weighed in with 84 and Atse Buurman made 26 but despite their efforts, Stirling, who returned two for 51, would go on to underpin an Ireland win.
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