Ireland finished their ICC World Cup 2011 campaign with a thrilling six-wicket win over the Netherlands at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Paul Stirling starred for Ireland with a 72-ball 101 runs.
Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first. Eric Szwarczynski (1) and Tom Cooper (5) were dismissed early and Alexei Kervezee (12) helped Ryan ten Doeschate raise 41 runs for the third wicket. After Kervezee’s exit, ten Doeschate found an ally in Wesley Barresi. The duo added 60 runs for the fourth wicket with Barresi scoring 44 runs from 49 balls including four fours and two sixes.
Ryan ten Doeschate went on to become only the third batsmen in this World Cup to score two hundreds. He made a polished 106 runs from 108 balls with 13 fours and a six. Ryan ten Doeschate also raised 121 runs for the fifth wicket with skipper Peter Borren. Borren made a quick 84 runs from 82 balls with 10 fours. Some late hitting by Atse Buurman (26) and Mudassar Bukhari (11) took Netherlands to 306 in their allotted 50 overs.
The Ireland openers started brilliantly putting on 177 runs for the first wicket. William Porterfield made 68 runs from 93 balls with 10 fours while Paul Stirling scored the fourth fastest World Cup hundred in just 70 balls. His 101 runs included 14 fours and two sixes. Both the openers departed in quick succession but Niall O’Brien stood firm at one end to lead his team towards their second win of the tournament.
Niall O’Brien added 54 runs with Ed Joyce (28) and then 46 runs with Gary Wilson who scored 27 runs from 21 balls with two fours and two sixes. Niall O’Brien remained unbeaten on 57 runs from 58 balls with seven fours while Kevin O’Brien remained not out on 15 runs. Tom Cooper took 2/31 for Netherlands. Stirling was declared the player of the match.