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Boyd Rankin

Ireland makes inroads after Balbirnie's 205

Ire v Ned, ICC I-Cup Day 2 Report

The Netherlands slips to 140 for 5 on second day of I-Cup clash after home side posts 477 for 6.

Boyd Rankin and Jacob Mulder grabbed two wickets apiece to reduce the Netherlands to 140 for 5 on the second day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup clash after Ireland amassed 477 for 6, built largely around Andy Balbirnie's maiden first-class double hundred.

The Netherlands lost wickets on either side of an 83-run stand between Daniel ter Braak and Ben Cooper for the third wicket to finish 337 runs in arrears on Wednesday at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin.

Cooper played a lone hand for the Netherlands, finishing on a fighting, unbeaten 81 when stumps was called.

Ireland resumed in the morning on 296 for 2 with Balbirnie on 130. He converted his maiden first-class ton into a double-hundred and remained unbeaten at 205 at the close of the innings.

John Anderson, who resumed on 57, reached 74 before becoming the first of Shane Snater's four wickets on the second day. Snater, the right-arm seamer playing just his second first-class game, also claimed one wicket on the opening day to finish with 5 for 116.

Gary Wilson, the wicketkeeper-batsman, contributed to Ireland's cause with a steady 39 in a 76-run stand for the fourth wicket. Jacob Mulder then tonked three sixes in his cameo of 38 from just 22 balls as the home side looked for quick runs before declaring.

There was no respite for the Netherlands, though, as Rankin, the right-arm quick, struck early, removed Wesley Barresi and Saqib Zulfiqar within the first six overs of the innings. Tim Murtagh then dismissed ter Braak, and Mulder, the legspinner, took two wickets in quick succession to leave the visiting side in trouble.

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