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Netherlands in Qualifier semi-final

cricket Updated: Aug 03, 2008 13:12 IST
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The Netherlands advanced to the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers despite losing their final group match against Canada at Stormont in Belfast.

Canada achieved the 98-run target in 19.3 overs but the slow chase allowed the Netherlands, who stunned Kenya in the tournament opener by 19 runs, to maintain a positive net run-rate which will come into play if Kenya beats Canada in group B.

Kenya needs to beat Canada roughly by 12 runs or with nine balls to spare to secure a place in the last four though the exact calculations will only be made after the first innings of the match to be played later on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the feature match of the day which went down to the wire, Ireland held their nerves to beat Scotland on the penultimate ball by four wickets after it required 14 off the last two overs and nine off the last six deliveries.

Earlier, Canada bowled accurately and fielded sharply to bowl the Netherlands out for 97 in 19.3 overs after the European side won the toss and elected to bat first. Fast bowler Harvir Baidwan, later named man of the match, bowled intelligently to grab 4-19 while Henry Osinde took 2-21.

Canada almost made a mess of their chase when they slumped from 58-1 to 82-5 before easing to victory in 19.3 overs with four wickets to spare.

Sunil Dhaniram (26) and Geoffrey Barnett (21) batted well while John Davison (19) and Abdool Samad (18) made useful contributions in the overall context of the match.

Later, the group A match between Ireland and Scotland was loaded with twists and turns as the top-seeded hosts achieved victory over theirtraditional rivals with one ball and four wickets to spare.

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