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Ireland take vital first-innings lead

Netherland bowled out for paltry 148 in response to Ireland’s 332; Ireland end second day on 66/4 in second innings

Ireland take vital first-innings lead - Cricket News
Tom Cooper led Netherlands fighback with a half-century.
On a day when 14 wickets fell, the Ireland bowlers took charge, restricting Netherlands to 148 all out on the second day (July 2) of their four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Deventer. In their second innings, Ireland had slipped to 66 for 4 by close of play.

George Dockrell starred with the ball and picked up 3 for 32 in his 15.2 overs. Earlier, John Mooney provided Ireland their first breakthrough when he dismissed Lesley Stokkers for 13 with the total on 30. Mooney bowled his spell with an astonishing economy rate of 0.83 and picked up two wickets.

Tom Cooper showed some resistance and scored a half-century in 125 balls, collaborating with Pieter Seelaar to string together a partnership of 38 for the seventh wicket. Netherlands had a sedate start scoring slowly till the 15th over. However most batsmen failed to get going till the lunch break and five wickets were lost for 58 runs in 28 overs. Cooper top scored with 51 runs and five batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores.

Ireland, however, decided not to enforce the follow on keeping in mind the pitch that has already started offering help to the spin bowlers despite a first-innings lead of 184 runs.

Brief Scores: Ireland 332 & 66/4 in 34 overs (James Shannon 31; Pieter Seelaar 2-11) vs Netherlands 148 in 60.2 overs (Tom Cooper 51, Eric Szwarczynski 20; George Dockrell 3-32)

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