All-round display helps Ireland start pentangular series campaign on a winning note
Harry Tector's unbeaten 47 played at a strike rate of 180, including six fours and one six, ensured that Ireland won with 10 balls to spare.
Ireland Men v Netherlands Men, T20 International, Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat, 5 October 2019
Netherlands 167-7 (20 overs; B Cooper 65; M Adair 2-30, C Young 2-38)
Ireland 169-4 (18.2 overs; H Tector 47*, A Balbirnie 32; S Snater 2-21)
Ireland won by 6 wickets
And there’s the victory for Ireland! @harry_tector finished with 47* from 26 balls, the target passed with 10 balls to spare.— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) October 5, 2019
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Ireland opted to bowl after winning the toss in the second match of the ongoing Oman pentangular T20I series. After Tobias Visee was dismissed early, Netherlands' top heavy batting order delivered with each of Colin Ackermann, Max ODowd and Ben Cooper contributing.
Cooper stood out with a 45-ball 65-run knock played at strike rate of almost 145. This helped Netherlands to go at a healthy clip and put 167 runs on the board despite two wickets each from Craig Young and Mark Adair.
Ireland were in control of the chase all throughout with each of their batsmen contributing. Openers Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien started with a 40-run partnership.
Match summary. pic.twitter.com/OHoxeWc1sV— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) October 5, 2019
Despite a couple of wickets from Shane Snater, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector and Gareth Delany helped Ireland register a comfortable 6-wicket win.
The match seemed to stretch till the last over but Tector's unbeaten 47 played at a strike rate of 180, including six fours and one six, ensured that Ireland won with 10 balls to spare.
Cricket Ireland - Match Report
Ireland Men’s cricket team started its Middle-Eastern T20I campaign with a confident 6 wicket victory over the Netherlands at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat today.
Ireland captain Gary Wilson won the toss and chose to bowl first. The Dutch batters started sprightly, finding themselves at 69-1 in the 7th over before Max O’Dowd (38) was run out in a clever piece of fielding by Mark Adair and George Dockrell. Ben Cooper (65) and Colin Ackermann (27) then progressed the score to 124 in the 14th over through turning the strike over regularly, and Cooper taking on the aggressor role hitting 8 fours and 1 six in his 45-ball knock.
With five overs left in their innings, the Dutch side was set to launch in the last 30 balls at 130-3, but some well-controlled and full-length bowling by the Irish bowlers saw four wicket tumble and just 37 runs conceded. The last over, bowled by Craig Young, claimed two of the wickets for a miserly 7 runs.
Netherlands went into the innings break with 167-7 on the board, a target Ireland would have felt within range.
Pleasingly for Ireland, all top-order batters contributed towards what would end up being a comfortable run chase. The experienced of Paul Stirling (23), Kevin O’Brien (23) and Andy Balbirnie (32) set the platform at the outset, while the youngsters Gareth Delany (29), Harry Tector (47*) and Mark Adair (10*) saw Ireland home with 10 balls to spare.
Tector particularly looked comfortable in what is just his third international match, and having started his T20I career with scores of 21, 60 and 47*, Head Coach Graham Ford will be pleased that has hopefully found a classy middle-order batsman for the long-term.
Ireland finished the run chase in a flurry, the last three balls going for a six and two boundaries, and the target was passed with 10 balls to spare
After the game, Captain Gary Wilson said:
“We chose to bowl first on a pitch we were unfamiliar with. We thought we would back ourselves in the run chase. We were very confident in our line-up, and that line-up can be pretty flexible depending on the match circumstances, as you saw there with Mark [Adair] going in with five overs to go with us needing just less than 10 an over. We’ve got good options right through the side and the boys did a great job today.”
“It was very pleasing the way we came back at the Netherlands – we gave them a few more at the start than we would have liked but to see the way the boys closed out the innings was vey pleasing.”
Ireland- Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin
Netherlands- Tobias Visee, Scott Edwards, Max ODowd, Ben Cooper, Antonius Staal, Colin Ackermann, Pieter Seelaar, Roelof van der Merwe, Brandon Glover, Shane Snater, Paul van Meekeren
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