Simi Singh’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent The Netherlands from securing another win over Ireland in their T20I clash in Rotterdam.
Chasing 145 to win, the Irish slumped to 63 for 7 in the 14th over, before Singh in conjunction with George Dockrell and Barry McCarthy launched a late fightback.
T20 debutant Singh hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in an unbeaten 57 from just 29 balls, but couldn’t clear the ropes from Paul van Meekeren’s last delivery, managing just a single as the Dutch clinched the four-run win.
It was a day when both sides had new captains in the role, with Pieter Seelaar and Gary Wilson replacing Peter Borren and William Porterfield.
Seelaar will be much the happier of the two, as he top-scored with 36 from 28 balls (4 fours), and then took 3 for 25 to stall the Irish innings.
Teenager Bas de Leede chipped in with 33 as The Netherlands made 144 – three wickets apiece for Barry McCarthy and Singh.
Openers Paul Stirling and Stuart Thompson both reached double figures, but the Irish innings quickly disintegrated as the middle order fell for a succession of single figure scores.
The loss keeps Ireland bottom of the T20I rankings in 17th place, but they have a chance of instant redemption as the teams meet again at the same venue on Wednesday.
SCOREBOARD 1st Match, Netherlands Tri-Nation T20I Series at Rotterdam
NETHERLANDS 144 (19.5 overs; P Seelaar 36, B de Leede 33, M O'Dowd 20; S Singh 3-23, B McCarthy 3-26)
IRELAND 140-8 (20 overs; S Singh 57*; P Seelaar 3-25, S Snater 2-25)
Netherlands won by 4 runs