Ireland are determined their one-day international summer finishes on a high with victory in tomorrow’s final World Cup Super League match against New Zealand at Malahide (10.45am).
This three-match series is the only 50-over action amid a welter of T20Is with the T20 World Cup in Australia the focus of attention this year. But having won the last match of the WCSL series against world champions England in 2020 and again in the West Indies in January, the squad are targeting a big match hat-trick against the world’s best ODI side.
“We lost the first game in the Caribbean and came back with two wins,” recalled George Dockrell. “And on Tuesday morning I felt it was an option again (against New Zealand). We’re not happy just getting so close in the first game and while the win didn’t happen yesterday, we have a third game on Friday and the chance to finish on a positive. We’re playing some good cricket and just need to get over the line.”
And while the ‘series’ may have been lost, the way the WCSL works, this is not a dead rubber.
“Every single match has context,” added Dockrell who is loving his new role in the middle order and posted his highest score (74) for Ireland on Tuesday. “We’ll be fighting for the 10 points and looking back it is so disappointing to have lost all three games to Afghanistan, two to the Dutch and one to Zimbabwe.”