Kidd spins Ireland to victory against Netherlands
Thu, Aug 13, 2009 11:40 AM
Left-arm spinner Gary Kidd produced a sensational bowling display to lead Ireland to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the ICC European A Championships 2009, taking 8-15 in 4.5 overs in a rain-affected match in Rotterdam on Wednesday.
Winning the toss, Netherlands elected to bat first, a decision by skipper Eric Szwarczynski which seems to have back fired after Sam Britton had both openers back in the pavilion with just six runs on the board.
Kidd added to the Dutch woes by picking up an eight-wicket haul that limited the innings to 80 in 24.5 overs. Skipper Szwarczynski was the only top-scorer for his team with his 30 runs in 52 balls.
The Duckworth-Lewis calculations revised the winning target to 83, and Ireland lost opener Andrew Balbirnie (0) early on at 3-1 to a catch taken off Mark Jonkman. Reinhardt Strydom (36) and Paul Stirling (38) added on the required runs in less than 18 overs to win by nine wickets.
In the other match of the day, Scotland won its first game of the tournament, defeating Denmark by four wickets (D/L method) after setting a target of 171 to win.
Scotland will play Ireland on Thursday at the same venue, whilst the Netherlands and Denmark will meet at VOC Rotterdam.