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Saturday 24 March 2018

Ireland get chance for revenge on Dutch

Ireland have been given the chance to take revenge on the Netherlands in the upcoming World T20
Ireland have been given the chance to take revenge on the Netherlands in the upcoming World T20

David Townsend

The World T20 draw has given Ireland a chance to avenge the most embarrassing defeat of the Phil Simmons era when the Boys in Green take on The Netherlands on March 13 in Dharamsala, the north-west Indian city that is home to the Dalai Lama.

Oman and Bangladesh are Ireland's other opponents in the opening round of matches at the same venue.

The winners of Group A will earn showcase matches against India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals.

At the last World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014, Ireland needed to beat the Dutch in their final first-round game to progress to the main draw.

However, after posting 189-4, they could only watch in awe as the Orange men raced to a stunning victory in 13.5 overs to top the group on run-rate.

Ireland's women have been rewarded for winning last week's World T20 qualifying tournament with matches against Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Malahide has been confirmed as the venue for Ireland's two ODI series next summer, against Sri Lanka on June 16 and 18, and Pakistan on August 18 and 20.

Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh broke records and piled on the misery for the West Indies as Australia took total command of the first Test in Hobart.

The highest fourth-wicket stand in Test history - 449 - took the home team to 583-4 before they declared at lunch with Voges unbeaten on 269 and Marsh having made 182.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon then claimed 3-43 as the tourists struggled in reply and despite an unbeaten 94 from Darren Bravo could only reach 207-6 at stumps, still 376 behind.

Irish Independent

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