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CRICKET: Phil Simmons' Ireland qualify for 2015 world Cup

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2013 | 8:53 AM

Ireland, coached by former West Indies player Phil Simmons, secured qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup despite being held to a dramatic tie by hosts the Netherlands in Amstelveen.

Ed Joyce's unbeaten 96 helped the Irish reach 268 for 5 with Niall O'Brien hitting 50 and Paul Stirling 49.

The Dutch threatened as they moved to 135 for 1 by the 27th over and they needed 13 off the final over to win.

Edgar Schiferli's run out seemed to have sealed Ireland's win but Michael Rippon hit John Mooney for four and six in the final two balls to earn the tie.

The tie also clinches the World League title for Ireland ahead of their two remaining qualifiers against Scotland later this year.


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