Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Easy for Ireland

Sorry Holland capitulated to an innings-and-84-run defeat to Ireland in the ICC Inter-Continental Cup.

The visitors were bowled out for 136 in their second innings on the third day of a scheduled four at Observatory Lane as they failed to even make their hosts bat for a second time.

The Dutch resumed on 71 for four after veteran Trent Johnston made early inroads on Thursday night. The Australian-born seamer was wicketless on Friday, finishing with three for 41, but Allan Eastwood and Albert van der Merwe took centre stage as the innings was wrapped up in exactly 40 overs.

Dubliner Allan Eastwood, who had shared the new ball with Johnston, ran through the frontline batsmen as he ripped out Nick Statham (26), Tom Heggelman (16) and Peter Borren (37) in a fiery spell.

And spinner Van der Merwe shot out the tail, capturing Pieter Seelaar, Mark Jonkman and Bernard Loots in a superb spell of 8-3-15-3. Ireland finished with 20 points, with Holland failing to register any.

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