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Ireland qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

One place still up for grabs from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship, while two sides will qualify from next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014

Ireland qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Cricket News
Netherlands’ Michael Rippon and Ahsan Malik celebrate after the tie.
Ireland qualified for its third successive ICC Cricket World Cup after its Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Netherlands on Tuesday ended in a sensational tie in Amstelveen.
 
The home side’s number-nine batsman Michael Rippon hit a four and a six from the final two deliveries off John Mooney to snatch a point for his side, but couldn’t stop Ireland from winning the Pepsi ICC World Cup League Championship and progressing to ICC’s flagship event that will be staged in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
 
Earlier, half-centuries by Ed Joyce (96 not out) and Niall O’Brien (50), and an equally good knock by Paul Stirling (49) helped Ireland to score 268 for five from 50 overs, after it had elected to bat first. In turn, the Dutch started confidently through Wesley Barresi (46), Eric Szwarczynski (44) and Stephan Myburgh (35), and reached 135 for one before slipping to 142 for four. A rearguard action by Daan van Bunge (45) and Tom Cooper (38) brought the Netherlands within touching distance when it needed 16 off the final 12 balls.
 
Alex Cusack conceded three runs in the penultimate over of the innings and Mooney started the final over impressively by giving away just two runs off his first four deliveries. However, at this stage, Rippon gatecrashed the Irish party when he hit a four and a six off the final two deliveries to earn a valuable point for his side. This point may go a long way in helping the Netherlands to become the second side from this tournament to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
 
After Tuesday’s result, Ireland has moved to 20 points, with nine wins from 12 matches. This means Ireland is beyond the reach of its closest rivals irrespective of how the seventh and last round matches pan out.
 
The result also makes Ireland the first of four qualifiers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. It will be the third time that Ireland will appear in ICC’s flagship event after it participated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies, where it defeated both Pakistan and Bangladesh, and then in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, where it chased down a 328 runs target to beat England by three wickets with five balls to spare.
 
In addition to the ICC Cricket World Cup, Ireland has also appeared in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
 
While Ireland may have added the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship trophy to its collection, there is still one place up for grabs from this tournament with four sides – Scotland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – all still capable of claiming second position.
 
While the top two sides from the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship will go forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the six sides that do not qualify from this event will have a second chance to qualify through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014, alongside Hong Kong, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uganda.  The ten teams will lock horns for the remaining two positions in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
 
Scores in brief
 
Ireland 268-5, 50 overs (Ed Joyce 96 not out, Niall O’Brien 50, Paul Stirling 49, William Porterfield 30, Trent Johnston 21 not out; Mudassar Bukhari 2-63)
 
Netherlands 268-9, 50 overs (Wesley Barresi 46, Daan van Bunge 45, Eric Szwarczynski 44, Tom Cooper 38, Stephan Myburgh 35; Kevin O’Brien 3-52, Paul Stirling 2-37)
 
Result – Match tied
 
Umpires - Mark Hawthorne and Chris Gaffaney
 
Match referee – David Jukes
 
WCL Championship points table (after Tuesday’s ODI between Ireland-Netherlands):
 
Team Mat Won Lost Tied Aban Pts NNR
Ireland 12 9 1 1 1 20 1.011
Netherlands 12 7 4 1 0 15 0.345
Scotland 12 7 4 0 1 15 0.025
Afghanistan 10 5 4 0 1 11 -0.313
Kenya 12 5 7 0 0 10 -0.029
UAE 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.249
Namibia 10 2 8 0 0 4 -0.398
Canada 10 1 8 0 1 3 -0.71
 
Forthcoming sixth round matches (* denotes matches broadcast live at www.icc-cricket.com)
 
Canada v UAE, Maple Leaf, Toronto, 6 and 8 August
Namibia v Afghanistan, Wanderers, Windhoek, 9 and 11 August*
 
Seventh round
Canada v Netherlands, King City, Toronto, 27 and 29 August*
Ireland v Scotland, Stormont, Belfast, 6 and 8 September*
UAE v Namibia, Sharjah, 27 and 29 September*
Afghanistan v Kenya, Sharjah, 2 and 4 October*
 
Some possible ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 automatic qualification scenarios
 
Scotland beats Ireland 2-0
Netherlands beats Canada 2-0
Afghanistan beats Namibia and Kenya 4-0
UAE beats Canada and Namibia 4-0
 
Ireland 20 points, Netherlands 19 points, Afghanistan 19 points, Scotland 19 points and UAE 18 points. Ireland wins ICC World Cricket League Championship and qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 while net run-rate to decide which team from Netherlands, Afghanistan and Scotland finishes second and qualifies for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
 
Scotland draws with Ireland 1-1
Netherlands beats Canada 2-0
Afghanistan beats Namibia and Kenya 4-0
UAE beats Canada and Namibia 4-0
 
Ireland 22 points, Netherlands 19 points, Afghanistan 19 points, UAE 18 points and Scotland 17 points. Ireland wins ICC World Cricket League Championship and qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 while net run-rate to decide which team from Netherlands and Afghanistan finishes second and qualifies for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
 
Ireland beats Scotland 2-0
Netherlands beats Canada 2-0
Afghanistan beats Namibia and Kenya 4-0
UAE beats Canada and Namibia 4-0
 
Ireland 24 points, Netherlands 19 points, Afghanistan 19 points, UAE 18 points and Scotland 15 points. Ireland wins ICC World Cricket League Championship and qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 while net run-rate to decide which team from Netherlands and Afghanistan finishes second and qualifies for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
 
Ireland beats Scotland 2-0, or a 1-1 draw
Canada beats Netherlands 2-0, or a 1 – 1 draw
Namibia or Kenya beat Afghanistan 2-0, or a 1 – 1 draw
UAE beats Canada and Namibia 4-0
 
Ireland wins ICC World Cricket League Championship and qualifies for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 while the UAE (on 18 points) finishes second and qualifies for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
 

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