Ireland and Scotland win again
A second consecutive nine-wicket victory, this time over Denmark, kept Ireland in the driving seat in Deventer on Wednesday, but Scotland set up a tournament decider with the defending champions on Thursday by beating The Netherlands by 62 runs.
Irelandâ€™s match lasted just over 40 overs, and was all over by lunchtime. Having won the toss, the Danes surprisingly elected to bat first and were soon in trouble against the Irish attack.
It all began with a run-out, but opening bowlers Shane Getkate and Eoghan Conway each picked up a wicket and then Cameron Grieve took three for 14 in a four-over spell to leave Denmark reeling on 39 for seven after 19 overs.
Kamran Mahmood was the only Danish batsman to reach double figures, and once Getkate returned to the attack, with spinner Jonathan Andrews operating from the other end, the innings did not last long. Getkate finished with three for 5 from 6.2 overs.
Although Mahmood trapped Jason van der Merwe leg-before with the total on 11, that was to be the only success for the Danish bowlers as Dean Mehaffey and Andrews knocked off the remaining runs to complete a comprehensive win.
The Netherlands proved to be no match for the Scots, whose victory was comfortable enough but might have been a good deal greater. The Dutch batsmen were 68 for seven at one stage chasing a Scottish total of 180 for four, but some spirited resistance by the lower order, assisted by a plethora of wides, saw 50 runs added for the last three wickets.
It was again one of the Scottish openers who proved the mainstay of the innings, but this time it was Freddie Coleman after Matthew Cross had been bowled by Nicky Vieler with the total on 16. Coleman added 67 for the third wicket with Aman Bailwal, and after they were both dismissed, Coleman having made a patient 60 from 103 balls, Andrew Chalmers and Andrew Lewis upped the tempo.
They added 61 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand, Chalmers making 25 not out from 40 balls and Lewis 32 not out from 36. Vieler was the most successful of the Dutch bowlers with three for 40.
Scottish captain Patrick Sadler took two quick wickets when the Dutch replied, but Vinoo Tewarie played some fine strokes as he reached 27 before Sadler took a brilliant catch at midwicket to end his innings. This was the first of three wickets at a cost of 16 runs for Bailwal and The Netherlands seemed in danger of being all out for well under a hundred.
But Paul van Meekeren and Vieler put on 34 for the eighth wicket in the highest partnership of the innings and the Dutch were eventually all out for 118 in the 36th over.
So Ireland and Scotland, both unbeaten, will meet on Thursday to settle the championship, while The Netherlands and Denmark will play off for third place.