Ireland clinch spot in Holland decider

IRELAND have qualified for Saturday’s ICC World League Division 1 final in Holland with a match to spare after beating Canada by five wickets yesterday.

Kevin O’Brien took two wickets and was unbeaten on 43 with the bat as Ireland won convincingly at Amstelveen. The Irish held Canada to 154-9 from their 50 overs. And after a shaky start O’Brien and John Mooney were unbeaten on 43 and 44 as Ireland won by five wickets and with 11 overs to spare.

Ireland face Holland on Friday with a place in the final already secured.

Wednesday’s win was Ireland’s fourth straight victory in the competition.

Ireland must play the Netherlands tomorrow but are in Saturday’s final no matter what happens after Afghanistan beat the Dutch yesterday.

Ireland could face Afghanistan or Scotland in Saturday’s final at Amstelveen, two sides they have already beaten in the competition.

Scotland and Afghanistan will fight it out in their last group match in Rotterdam tomorrow.

Meanwhile Middlesex have confirmed that they have been contacted by Warwickshire about the possibility of signing England’s former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan.

Warrickshire are keen to sign the 23-year-old Dubliner when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

“I can confirm that we have been contacted by Warwickshire about the possibility of signing Eoin Morgan,” said a Middlesex spokesman said yesterday.

“I have been in contact with (Middlesex director of cricket) Angus Fraser this morning and he is very keen that Eoin stays at the club.”

Morgan has been a revelation for England ever since he decided to switch allegiance from his country of birth in May 2009.

The Dubliner starred in England’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup win before going on to score a match-winning century against Australia in the first one-day international at the Rose Bowl in Southampton last month. Morgan has also broken into the England Test squad and could feature in the forthcoming series against Pakistan.


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