Monday 24 June 2013 

Ireland Unchanged For Netherlands ODIs

Ireland in action against Bangladesh
Ireland Unchanged For Netherlands ODIs
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Ireland have named an unchanged One-Day International squad ahead of two World Cricket League Championship matches against Netherlands which, if they win both, would see them qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

Ireland are currently three points ahead of the Dutch at the top of the table and will have their county players available for the matches in Amstlveen on 7th and 9th July.

Those county players, with the exception of Somerset's George Dockrell, will, however, not feature when Ireland play Netherlands in the ICC InterContinental Cup match which begins on 1st July in Deventer.

A win for table-topping Ireland would secure them a place in December's final in the United Arab Emirates.

"Without a doubt these matches are the most crucial we'll play this year," head coach Phil Simmons said.

"While it's always fantastic to have fixtures against Full Members, qualification for global tournaments is the main goal. It's vital we keep performing on the world stage and show everyone just how far Irish cricket has come.

"It's no secret that I like having seasoned players freshened up with a sprinkling of youth. We have a settled squad now with most of the players having played at least 100 times. They are used to handling pressure having played in World Cups and that will stand them in good stead as the qualifying tournament enters its final stages.

"I want the team to finish strongly with four wins - that's our aim. We want not only to win the competition but to do it convincingly with 25 points," he added.

Meanwhile, Scotland will be hoping Ireland can do them a favour as they try to overtake Netherlands and move into second place when they take on Kenya. Should Scotland win both matches and Ireland also beat Netherlands twice, they would move into the coveted second spot.

Scotland play Kenya on 30th June and 2nd July in Aberdeen before the two sides clash in the ICC InterContinental Cup from 7th July.

Ireland ICC InterContinental Cup squad: Kevin O'Brien (captain), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Phil Eaglestone, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Stuart Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorenson, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White

Ireland ODI squad: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson

Netherlands ODI squad: Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Daan van Bunge, Tom Cooper, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Edgar Schiferli, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski

Scotland ODI squad: Kyle Coetzer (captain), Richard Berrington, Gordon Drummond, Majid Haq, Iain Wardlaw, Gordon Goudie, Preston Mommsen, Calum MacLeod, Frederick Coleman, Robert Taylor, Moneeb Iqbal, Neil Carter, David Murphy and Matthew Machan

Kenya ODI squad: Collins Obuya (captain), Alex Obanda, Tanmay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Irfan Karim, Duncan Allan, Morris Ouma, Nehemiah Odhiambo, James Ngoche, Hiren Varaiya, Elijah Otieno, Nelson Odhiambo, Shem Obado and Ragheb Aga

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