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Ireland to face the West Indies at Lords


Irelandís opponents in the warm-up games for the World Twenty20 in England in June have been confirmed as the Netherlands and West Indies.

The two games are part of an attractive double header at both the Lordís and The Oval with Ireland playing the afternoon matches on June 1 and 2.

First up for Phil Simmonsí squad will be the Dutch at cricket HQ, a game which gives the top two teams from the qualifying competition in Belfast last summer, the chance to play the final which was rained off at Stormont.

Ireland qualified as No 1 seeds, because of their higher ranking, and will be keen to justify their seeding in their first game at Lordís since they played MCC in August 2006. The game starts at 1.30pm and will be followed by World Twenty20 holdersí Indiaís first warm-up game against New Zealand, beginning at 5.30pm.

Next day, Ireland move across London to The Oval where they will play their first Twenty20 in

ternational against a Full Member, the West Indies providing the opposition in the first game between the teams since the World Cup clash in Sabina Park two years ago.

The 5.30 game to follow again involves New Zealand, against their great rivals Australia.

Ireland then have a six-day wait before their first game in the Finals - against Bangladesh, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, with their second and final group game against India at the same venue on June 10.

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