Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Ireland in control

Trent Johnston

Ireland's bowlers enjoyed a profitable opening day to put their side in control of their ICC Inter-Continental Cup clash with Holland in Dublin.

Teenage left-armer George Dockrell took four for 36 and fellow spinner Albert van der Merwe took three for 25 as the visitors were dismissed for just 188 at Observatory Lane, Wilfred Diepeveen top-scoring with 41.

Ireland lost openers Paul Stirling and James Hall cheaply but recovered well to reach 88 for two at the close, just 100 behind.

Despite losing Eric Szwarczynski for just eight, Holland made a decent start thanks to a second-wicket stand of 62 between Diepeveen and Tom de Grooth (29) before the former fell to Trent Johnston (two for 48).

But only three more batsmen passed 20, Tom Heggelman (30) putting on 50 with Peter Borren (39) and 32 with Pieter Seelaar (20).

Ireland were 17 for two after Stirling made just five and Hall followed for seven, but Alex Cusack (36 not out) and Kevin O'Brien (38no) put on 71 unbroken by the close.

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