Ireland claim final place in T20 World Cup
Ireland claimed the last place available in this years Twenty20 World Cup after brushing aside the Netherlands by 61 runs in a one sided game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a total of 152 for victory the Dutch got off to the worst possible start losing 2 wickets in the first over thanks to Peter Connell who took the wickets in the space of three balls to leave the Dutch deep in trouble,
Alexei Kervezee was bowled Connell for two while Mudassar Bukharis was trapped LBW without scoring to give the Irish the upper hand.
Eric Szwarczynski and Bas Zuiderent offered some resistant piecing together a scrappy 3rd wicket partnership of 39 to give the Dutch some hope. The pair departed within the space of three balls in the 7th over to leave the Dutch 42-4.
Trent Johnston trapped Szwarczynski (17) LBW before bowling Zuiderent for 15.
Ryan ten Doeschate came into bat with a mountain to climb and while the veteran county player kept his cool others around his lost their heads as Daan van Bunge (2), Peter Borren (8) and Atse Buurman (0) all departed without contributing to the score.
Once ten Doeschate (32) was caught by Connell a return to the Twenty20 World Cup was within sight for the Irish and George Dockrell quickly took the last two wickets in successive balls to start the celebration for the Irish.
Earlier having won the toss and elected to bat the Irish got off to a poor start when they lost skipper William Porterfield (6) at the end of the second over after he was caught by Alexei Kervezee out at mid wicket off the bowling of Ryan ten Doeschate.
Opener Niall O'Brien was joined out in the middle by Cusack and the pair enjoyed a 2nd wicket partnership of 49 before O'Brien (11) was bowled by Mohammad Kashif.
Trent Johnston could only managed to score 2 runs before he was caught by Mark Jonkman. The lose of Irelands veteran batsman could have set off the panic buttons for the Irish but Gary Wilson batted brilliantly supporting Cusack.
The pair recorded a 32 run partnership before Cusack was caught by Daan van Bunge handing Pieter Seelaar his first wicket of the innings.
Kevin O'Brien quickly departed facing only two balls before he was caught by Jonkman of his own bowling to leave the Irish 98-5 but Wilson continued his fine form reaching 29 before he was bowled by Mudassar Bukhari.
This left John Mooney (17) and Andrew White (14) to add another 21 runs to leave the Dutch needing to chase 152 for a place in the Twenty20 World Cup.