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Recent Match Report – Netherlands vs Ireland 2nd ODI 2021

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Half-centuries from Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie ensured the visitors had little trouble in chasing down the paltry total

Ireland 158 for 2 (Balbirnie 63*, Stirling 52) beat Netherlands 157 (O’Dowd 36, Young 4-18, Little 4-39) by eight wickets

Four wickets each from Josh Little and Craig Young bundled out Netherlands for 157 before half-centuries by Paul Stirling and captain Andy Balbirnie helped Ireland level the series in the second ODI in Utrecht. Stirling and Balbirnie added 82 for the second wicket after Logan van Beek removed William Porterfield for a duck in the second over of the chase.

While Balbirnie remained unbeaten on 63 from 127 deliveries, Stirling was the more attacking partner, with five of his six fours coming in the first ten overs of Ireland’s reply.

Timm van der Gugten seemed to have slowed things down but Stirling found the fence off the first ball of left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar’s third over, the 22nd of the innings. Seelaar though was to have the last laugh when he had Stirling caught at mid-on for 52 as the batter tried to hoick him across the line. But with only 67 runs left to get from more than 26 overs, Balbirnie and Harry Tector, who ended unbeaten on 30 from 59 balls, batted calmly and finished off the chase with seven overs to spare.

Earlier, the Ireland bowlers, led by Little and Young, folded the hosts up for a paltry total despite Netherlands’ openers Stephan Myburgh and Max O’Dowd adding 44. Little first bowled Myburgh for 11 in the 14th over before dismissing Ben Cooper caught behind on the very next delivery. Though the hat-trick was averted, that set the tone for Little and Ireland to continue making inroads.

O’Dowd too was bowled by Little for 36 soon after before Young joined the party with the wicket of Seelaar. The collapse saw Netherlands lose their last seven wickets for just 72 runs as Young continued to hurt them with repeated strikes. Briefly, Scott Edwards looked to take his side to a competitive total but was caught behind off Young for 23. Young ending with figures of 4 for 18.

And though there were fighting efforts from van Beek, Brandon Glover and Saqib Zulfiqar, who came out to bat after retiring hurt, they didn’t amount to much.

Little was named the Player of the Match for his 4 for 39 as Ireland pocketed ten points to climb up to ninth in the ODI Super League table.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal says Hundred experience will boost India Women’s World Cup hopes

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“The idea is for them to get exposure in England,” BCCI treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal says

The BCCI has said the participation of its top women players in The Hundred in England will give them much needed experience and exposure to elite opposition ahead of the 50-overs World Cup in New Zealand next year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow its male players to participate in overseas franchise-based leagues, though some of the Test specialists play county cricket in England.

The inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition, which features eight franchises with separate men’s and women’s teams, begins at The Oval on July 21 and will feature five India players: T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur, her deputy Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma and explosive opener Shafali Verma.



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Recent Match Report – Bears vs Notts North Group 2021

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Birmingham rack up third-highest T20 score as Outlaws come up short

Birmingham 229 for 5 (Pollock 62, Hain 53*) beat Nottinghmshire 211 for 9 (Duckett 51) by 18 runs

Defending champions Notts Outlaws slumped to an 18-run defeat after they were savaged by a brutal Birmingham Bears batting display in the Vitality Blast North Group match at Trent Bridge.

The Bears roared to 229 for 5, their third-highest T20 total, with Sam Hain and Carlos Brathwaite plundering 84 from the last five overs after Ed Pollock set the tone with 62 from 34 balls.

Hain, already averaging 248 in T20 games at Trent Bridge, made an unbeaten 53 off 29 balls after being dropped on 1 while Brathwaite hammered four sixes in 44 from 18 balls.

Ben Duckett‘s 51 from 27 balls gave the Outlaws hope and Tom Moores made 38 from 21 but Brathwaite took 2 for 28 and Jake Lintott 2 for 30 to restrict them to 211 for 9.

Adam Hose set the Bears running by driving Samit Patel over the covers for the first six before pulling Luke Fletcher high over deep midwicket. Fletcher responded by pinning Hose lbw but Pollock slog-swept and drove Dane Paterson for three consecutive fours to lift the Bears to 70 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay.

Pollock pulled Steven Mullaney for six and dispatched Peter Trego for another to reach 50 off 28 balls and take the score to 112 for 1 after 10 overs.

Will Rhodes pulled Calvin Harrison to deep midwicket and Pollock was bowled by Matt Carter but Harrison’s failure to hold a return catch from Hain proved costly as he and Brathwaite thrashed the bowling to all parts. Hain smashed two sixes in a Paterson over that cost 22 before Brathwaite bludgeoned Trego for 31, including four sixes, from the 19th.

Fletcher had him caught at long-on but the Outlaws chances of pulling off a stiff chase suffered a blow when Alex Hales miscued the third ball from Danny Briggs to midwicket.

Joe Clarke was caught behind off a Brathwaite long hop, Trego drilled Tim Bresnan to mid off before Duckett revived the Outlaws by taking 21 from a Bresnan over. But when he top edged a sweep at Lintott, the game slipped away to leave the Outlaws with work to do after taking only one point from the first two games.



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Fast bowler says simulating game fitness by playing a Test is much better compared to preparing in the nets

Trent Boult wasn’t expecting to play the ongoing second Test at Edgbaston “initially” but hopes that bowling against England compared to preparing in the nets will put him in “good stead” for the World Test Championship final against India starting June 18 in Southampton.

“Initially I wasn’t expecting to play this game but everything fell into line, and I gave myself that chance to get out there and I think I’ll definitely be better off for that head out,” Boult said after the second day’s play. “It’s one thing loading and getting through numbers in the nets but to simulate that kind of game fitness and having to come back three, four or five times in a day…There’s no real other way to do that. So I’m hoping it puts me in good stead [for the WTC final].

“The toes are a bit sore but that’s what happens when you ram into the shoes for 30 overs. I’m excited about what lies ahead next week in Southampton but equally excited with the opportunity here over the next couple of days.”



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