Good signs for Ireland, Netherlands ahead of T20 World Cup campaign

It all came down to the final delivery as Ireland edged past the Netherlands in a thriller.

There were good signs for both teams ahead of next month's ICC Men's T20 World Cup as Ireland narrowly defeated the Netherlands in a final-ball thriller in Voorburg on Sunday.

Young spinner Tim Pringle could only manage a single from the final delivery at The Hague when three runs were required for victory, as Ireland held on to register a narrow one-run triumph in their tri-nation clash against the Dutch.

Pringle had given the Dutch a chance of a notching a remarkable victory when he smashed Mark Adair for consecutive sixes from the second and third last balls of the final over, but the Irish pacer held his nerve on the final delivery to help his side snatch the victory.

It was fitting that Adair was bowling to Pringle at the dramatic end of the match as both players were in fine form during the cricket warm-up for the T20 World Cup, with the Ireland seamer claiming Player of the Match honours for a quickfire 49 with the bat and then two important wickets with the ball.

Pringle almost matched the efforts of Adair with an unbeaten 35* from just 13 deliveries and three vital wickets for his side when opening the bowling with his slow left-armers.

It took a patient 40 from Lorcan Tucker and some lofty late-hitting from Adair to catapult Ireland to a decent total of 150/8 after they were sent into bat by Dutch captain Scott Edwards and the hosts looked to have the run chase in control with hard-hitting opener Max O'Dowd (33) and star all-rounder Bas de Leede (32) at the crease midway through their reply.

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Fionn Hand (3/18) and Adair made some crucial breakthroughs to turn the momentum towards Ireland and Pringle almost stole the contest with his late hitting.

Ireland play Scotland in their next match at the tri-series on Monday, before they open their T20 World Cup campaign against India in New York on June 5.

The Netherlands also face Scotland next on Wednesday, with the European side fixtured to play England in their T20 World Cup opener in Barbados on June 4.

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