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Ireland survive late Tim Pringle Blitz to pip Netherlands

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Last updated on 20 May 2024 | 05:32 AM
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Ireland survive late Tim Pringle Blitz to pip Netherlands

Chasing 151, the Netherlands went down fighting, eventually succumbing to loss in a closely fought match at The Hague

Ireland survived a late blitz by Tim Pringle to beat the Netherlands by one run in the Tri-Nation T20 International (T20I) series on May 19 (Sunday). Pringle clobbered an unbeaten 13-ball 35 as he nearly dragged his side to an unlikely win chasing a target of 151 in The Hague. Ireland seemed to be cruising, with the Netherlands floundering at 108/6 and just three overs remaining, until Pringle came in.

The 21-year-old hit two fours and three sixes, two of his maximums coming in the last three balls of the final over, to set up a grandstand finish. But Ireland's Mark Adair at the other end held his nerve by limiting Pringle to a single off the last ball and securing the win by the closest of margins in their first match of the series.

Earlier, the hosts won the toss and sent Ireland into bat, with bowling allrounder Adair putting in an ultimately game-winning turn with the bat at number eight by smashing 49 off 24 to drag his side to a total of 150/8.

Netherlands kick-started the Tri-Nation series by beating Scotland on Saturday by 41 runs, all three of the participating sides will take part in June's T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies.

Brief scores:

Ireland 150/8 in 20 overs (Mark Adair 49, Lorcan Tucker 40; Tim Pringle 3/32) beat Netherlands 149/8 in 20 overs (Tim Pringle 35*, Max O'Dowd 33; Fionn Hand 3/18) by 1 run

Player of the Match: Mark Adair

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