Ireland, Netherlands pull off surprise wins

Mumbai, February 15, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Andre Botha turned in a fine all-round performance as Ireland sprang a surprise beating Zimbabwe by four wickets in a World Cup warm-up match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Botha took two wickets as Ireland restricted Zimbabwe to 244 for 8 off its allotted 50 overs before essaying a fine 79 to revive memories of their 2007 World Cup upset win over Pakistan and also give his side a massive boost ahead of their World Cup campaign.

Botha came to the wicket after the early loss of their openers and built useful partnerships with Alex Cusack (47) and Kevin O Brien (62*) to pull off a fine win.

Earlier, Zimbabwean captain Elton Chigumbura slammed an unbeaten century to wriggle his side out of early trouble against Ireland. Chigumbura s 103 not out was hugely responsible for the late surge by Zimbabwe as they posted a score of 244 for 8 in 50 overs.

In another warm-up match in Colombo, Ryan ten Doeschate slammed an unbeaten 98 as Netherlands chased down Kenya s score of 263 for 5 with five balls to spare. ten Doeschate capitalised on the solid start given by their openers Alexei Kervezee and Eric Szwarczynski and kept the Dutch in the hunt with some aggressive batting even as wickets clattered around him.

Earlier, opener Seren Waters belted a fine unbeaten hundred to steer Kenya to 263 for 5. The 20-year-old right-hander was a picture of concentration as he held the innings together after the early fall of his opening partner Alex Obanda to score a responsible unbeaten 126 coming off 150 balls, studded with twelve fours.

Kenya were unable to string any worthwhile partnership for the first half of their innings before Waters forged a 129 run fifth-wicket stand with Rakep Patel, who hit a breezy 64 a stand which gave their innings the required momentum and pushed them to a score of 263 for 5 in 50 overs.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 244 for 8 in 50 overs (Elton Chigumbura 103*, Tatenda Taibu 45, Trent Johnston 2 for 9, Andre Botha 2 for 58) lost to Ireland 245 for 6 in 49.3 overs (Andre Botha 79, Kevin O Brien 62*, Alex Cusack 47, Shingirai Masakadza 2 for 39, Ray Price 2 for 37) by 4 wickets.

Kenya 263 for 5 in 50 overs (Seren Waters 126*, Rakep Patel 64, Ten Doeschate 2 for 47) lost to Netherlands 264 for 8 in 49.1 overs (Ryan ten Doeschate 98*, Alexei Kervezee 49, Steve Tikolo 4 for 39) by 2 wickets.

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