After completing a second facile victory in the T20 international series against Netherlands on Thurday, Ireland captain Laura Delany had asked for a better test in the final game at Malahide yesterday.
She not only got it but Ireland failed it, beaten by seven wickets on the DLS method after the game had been reduced to 15 overs by rain interruptions.
Set 118 for victory, after Ireland had scored 101 for two, the Dutch romped to their first T20 win over Ireland with nine balls to spare to send shock waves through the home camp, just four weeks before the European qualifier for the 2023 T20 World Cup.
Ireland, possibly complacent after completing the series win in such dominant fashion 24 hours earlier, or just taking the opportunity to give other members of the squad an opportunity, rested both their opening bowlers, Orla Prendergast and Ava Canning, and also left out Lara Maritz.
The depth, however, is not there, although the only excuse they had for not coring at even seven runs an over was three rain interruptions.
The first came in only the second over when they had 16 on the board but Gaby Lewis, who scored an impressive half-century on Thursday, was out two balls after the resumption.
However, Rebecca Stokell and Delany batted through the remaining 13.4 overs, after both were dropped on nine and 10 respectively.
Stokell was out to the last ball of the innings, two short of her 50, having faced 43 balls, with five fours and the only six of the innings.
Delany faced exactly the same number of balls and hit five fours in her 39.
The Dutch target was inflated by 17 runs and it looked to be a familiar story when the new opening attack of Sophie McMahon and the recalled Celeste Raack each took a wicket in their first over to leave the visitors 11 for two.
But Thursday’s top scorer Miranda Veringmeier and Babette de Leede put on 85 in 60 balls for the third wicket to leave the Dutch with just 23 to get from the last 21 balls.
It proved much too easy.
SCORES: Ireland Women 101-2 (15 overs, R Stokell 48, L Delany 39 notout) Netherlands Women 119-3 (13.3 overs, B de Leede 62 not out) . Netherlands won by 7 wickets.