World T20: Ireland collapse to hand Dutch first win

Ireland ended the World T20 with a defeat against the Netherlands this morning.

World T20: Ireland collapse to hand Dutch first win
The Netherlands comfortably secured the win. | Image: ICC
Netherlands (59/5)
Ireland (47/7)

The Netherlands (59/5) beat Ireland (47/7) by 12 runs in rain-hit game at the HPCA Stadium.

Ireland and the Netherlands were once more involved in another close World T20 match as the Dutch won via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Both teams finished disappointing campaigns with a six-over match as rain ruined much of the early play.

The toss was won by Ireland and, due to the unpredictability of the weather, opted to field first.

The start was delayed as further rain came; there was a great effort from all of the ground staff to enable to the match to go ahead.

It did finally get underway at 12:10pm UK time in what would be a six-over affair with the Dutch batting first.

Dutch undone by spin

Some great spin bowling from Irish bowler George Dockrell saw him take figures of 3-7 from his two overs, as he played a key role in helping his side battle for victory against the Dutch.

The Netherlands were restricted to just 59 from their six overs and they would have fancied themselves to get a few more than this prior to the innings, given just how strong the Irish can be at the top of the order.

The top score for the Netherlands came from opener Stephan Myburgh, who hit 27 from 18 balls including five fours to get his side off to a reasonable start in their innings.

The Dutch lost frequent wickets throughout the innings, but despite this they did manage to get up to touching distance of 60 from their six overs thanks to a late cameo from Peter Borren, who hit 14 off nine balls.

Kevin O'Brien and Andy McBrine both proved to be expensive with their solitary overs, as the pair went for 16 and 12, respectively. 

It was another day to forget for the Irish. | Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP
It was another day to forget for the Irish. | Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

Irish collapse hands Dutch win

The Irish got off to a fine start, reaching 28-1 in the third over. Paul Stirling was looking well set on 15 and had just been joined by the explosive Kevin O'Brien.

Following that the collapse came, as they proceeded to lose four wickets for just five runs in the space of seven balls. It was a spell that put paid to any hopes of a victory. 

The key bowler for the Dutch was Paul van Meekeren, who claimed figures of 4-11 from his two overs and, like Dockrell, was a key part of restricting the opposition.

The ship was steadied somewhat by Max Sorensen and Niall O'Brien but the damage had already been done.

They required 20 from the final over with five wickets remaining and never got close, as the Irish fell 12 runs short of victory to end the tournament with another defeat.