Ireland, Netherlands pick up comfortable wins



Stirling made 71 off 51 balls. © Getty

Scotland vs Netherlands

Netherlands made easy work of a 150-plus chase, completing it with one ball to spare to pick up a seven-wicket win over Scotland in the opening game of the Oman Quadrangular Series 2019. In the first of two games on Wednesday (February 13), Tobias Visee’s half-century pipped Calum MacLeod’s as the Dutch picked up a comfortable win.

Netherlands did well to reduce Scotland to 44 for 4 after George Munsey gave them a quickfire start atop with a 11-ball 32 that included five fours and two sixes. After a barrage of quick wickets, MacLeod steadied the chase with a 45-ball 53 before he fell after taking the total close to the 150-run mark. Craig Wallace’s 27-run cameo then gave Scotland some impetus towards the end.

Netherlands were led by opener Visee’s fifty. With contributions through the top order, it was easy work in the end for Netherlands, who lost just three wickets along the way.

Brief scores: Scotland 153/7 in 20 overs (George Munsey 32, Calum MacLeod 53; Fred Klaassen 2-38, Timm van der Gugten 2-35) lost to Netherlands 154/3 in 19.5 overs (Tobias Visee 71) by seven wickets.

Oman vs Ireland

In the second game of the day, Ireland picked up a 15-run win over Oman with Simi Singh’s three-wicket haul helping them defend 160. Ireland were led first by skipper Paul Stirling’s half-century at the top. Stirling fell for 71 off 51 after taking Ireland past the 120-run mark with five overs to go, after which, Lorcan Tucker (22*) and Shane Getkate (10) took them close to 160, which was enough for them to defend in the end.

Oman’s batsmen, in reply, got off to starts, but weren’t able to convert any of those into a substantial score. As may as four got into 20s, with Ireland even assisting them with 11 extras, but they eventually fell short by 15 in their tournament opener, finishing with 144 for 9.

Brief scores: Ireland 159/5 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 71, Andrew Balbirnie 34; Fayyaz Butt 2-19) beat Oman 144/9 in 20 overs (Mohammad Nadeem 25; Simi Singh 3-15) by 15 runs.

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