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Ireland win by 88 runs

Holland vs Ireland

ICC World Cricket League: Ireland on verge of World Cup after easy win over Holland

Niall O'Brien: Helped the Irish claim a convincing win

Kevin O'Brien: Also made strong contribution with bat and ball

Ireland beat Holland by 88 runs to put themselves on the verge of qualification for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Niall O'Brien scored 70, putting on a stand of 125 for the third wicket with opener William Porterfield, who made 79, as Ireland made 236.

His brother Kevin O'Brien then returned figures of four for 13 as the hosts slumped to 148 all out in 36 overs in their World Cricket League one-day international in Amstelveen.

Ireland now have 19 points from 11 games, four ahead of Scotland with a game in hand. That match is also against Holland on Tuesday and victory would secure World Cup qualification and the World Cricket League title.

The Dutch had been well placed at 77 for two in just 16 overs, but Kevin O'Brien ripped the heart out of the hosts' middle order, claiming his best figures in ODI cricket.

Kevin O'Brien's haul included the wicket of Tom Cooper for eight and Holland's top-scorer Wesley Barresi for 55, ending their hopes of chasing down the Irish total.

Paul Stirling (two for 28) had dismissed Stephan Myburgh (22) and Michael Swart (one), paving the way for his team-mate to finish the job.

Earlier, Ireland got off to an inauspicious start, losing Stirling (one) and Ed Joyce (22), both to Edgar Schiferli,

But Porterfield, who recovered from being dropped on nought, and Niall O'Brien got the Irish motoring before the latter was run out, his 70 coming from 107 deliveries and featuring four boundaries.

Kevin O'Brien struck a quickfire 32 from just 22 balls, with three fours and a six, but no one else was able to give Porterfield any noteworthy support.

He was the the ninth man out when stumped, his 79 coming from 118 balls and containing eight boundaries, but the Irish total proved more than enough.

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Match Details

7th Jul 2013
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
VRA Ground
C B Christopher, M Mark


Batsman R
S.J. Myburgh c Johnston b Stirling 22
E.S. Szwarczynski c Wilson b Murtagh 3
W. Barresi c&b O'Brien 55
T.L.W. Cooper c Mooney b O'Brien 8
M.R. Swart c Porterfield b Stirling 1
D.L.S. van Bunge c Porterfield b O'Brien 11
P.W. Borren c Porterfield b Cusack 34
M. Bukhari c Mooney b O'Brien 0
M.J. Rippon b Dockrell 3
E. Schiferli b Mooney 5
M.A.A. Jamil Not out 3
Extras 3w, 3
Total All Out, 36.0 Overs 148
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
T.J. Murtagh 6 0 30 1
T.D. Johnston 5 0 17 0
A.R. Cusack 3 0 26 1
P.R. Stirling 6 1 28 2
K.J. O'Brien 7 0 13 4
G.H. Dockrell 6 0 25 1
J.F. Mooney 3 0 9 1
Full Bowling Card