Netherlands vs Ireland, 1st Semi-Final of T20 World Cup Qualifier:
Ireland: 137/9 (20/20 overs, target 159)
Netherlands won the match by 21 runs.
Netherlands defeated Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the T20 World Cup Qualifier to advance to the final. Netherlands scored 158 runs for 4 wickets from 20 overs while batting first. Ireland could only score 137 runs at the cost of 9 wickets after 20 overs, losing the match by 21 runs. Ireland will now face the loser of the second Semi-Final between Papua New Guinea and Namibia for third place on November 2, while Netherlands will face the winner of the second Semi-Final on the same date in the Final of the T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Netherlands make it to the #T20WorldCup Qualifier Final!
They beat Ireland to seal their spot in tomorrow's match. pic.twitter.com/RuL7Tnh7Zz
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) November 1, 2019
Ryan ten Doeschate’s innings lead Netherlands into the Final:
Ireland won the toss and decided to field first. Netherlands sent Max O’Dowd and Ben Cooper to open the innings. Max O’Dowd got dismissed by Craig Young in the fourth over after scoring 14 runs from 16 balls. Colin Ackermann also got bowled by Craig Young after scoring just 7 runs from 6 balls.
Ben Cooper contributed 37 runs from 35 deliveries before getting bowled by Gareth Delany. Most of his runs came from running between the wickets as he struck just 1 four and a six. Netherlands’ Captain Pieter Seelaar added 21 runs from 22 balls before getting caught behind on Boyd Rankin’s delivery.
Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe shared an unbeaten partnership of 56 runs from 30 balls. Ryan ten Doeschate played a blistering innings of 43 runs from 25 deliveries as he struck 3 fours and 2 sixes out of the ground. Roelof van der Merwe, on the other end, contributed 25 runs from 16 balls after hitting 4 fours. Netherlands finished their innings on 158/4 after the outstanding performance of the pair.
Craig Young claimed 2 wickets for his team after conceding 39 runs from his 4 overs. Gareth Delany and Boyd Ranking took 1 wicket each against Netherlands.
Pieter and Roelaf secure the win for their team in the Semi-Finals:
Ireland required 159 runs from 20 overs to advance to the final of the T20 World Cup Qualifier. Ireland received a sound start from their openers Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien. Both their openers shared a partnership of 52 runs before Roelof van der Merwe made his move. Roelof van der Merwe dismissed Kevin O’Brien in the seventh over of the innings for 29 runs from 24 deliveries and then bowled Paul Stirling for 22 runs in his next over of the spell.
Ireland started going downhill after losing both their openers. Fred Klaassen dismissed both Andy Balbirnie and Gareth Delany in the 13th over of the match on back-to-back deliveries. Gareth Delany contributed 20 runs off 18 balls. Netherlands’ Captain Pieter Seelaar bowled Ireland’s wicketkeeper-batsman and captain, Gary Wilson on just 2 runs. Pieter then dismissed both Mark Adair and Harry Tector on back-to-back deliveries in the 16th over of the innings.
Ireland was reduced to 108/9 from 84/3 in approximately 5 overs after starting out in such an outstanding fashion. Ireland finished their innings on 137/9, owing to some last-minute hitting from George Dockrell where he struck 12 balls for unbeaten 25 runs with 2 fours and a six.
Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar claimed 3 wickets after conceding only 17 runs from his 4 overs. Roelof van der Merwe and Fred Klaassen also took 2 wickets for their team, while Paul van Meekeren and Brandon Glover got 1 wicket against Ireland.
Roelof van der Merwe was named the “Player of the Match” for his all-round performance, scoring 25 from 16 deliveries and claiming2 wickets for 19 runs from his 4 overs.