Ireland lost their grip on the World T20 Qualifying trophy at the semi-final stage at Malahide on Saturday as a disappointing batting performance was the catalyst for a 5-wicket defeat by the Netherlands.
Asked to bat first, William Porterfield's team never really got going and chasing a total of just 128 the Dutch were able to pick the hosts off with almost 2 overs to spare.
Mudassar Bukhari was the man who did the bulk of the damage, accounting for Porterfield (4) and Paul Stirling (18) in a man-of-the-match spell of 4-28.
Andrew Balbirnie (31) and Gary Wilson (20) rallied briefly with a 44-run stand while Kevin O'Brien hit 3 sixes in a breezy 33 as the hosts limped to 112 for 4 with 3 overs left.
Paul van Meekeren (2-14) reined things back for the Netherlands in the middle however and any hope of a big finale were soon blown away as Bukhari and Timm van der Gugten (2-16) polished off the lower half of Ireland's batting order.
Disappointingly, George Dockrell with 8 was the best of the bottom six as Ireland were all out from the penultimate delivery of their 20 overs.
While it was a disappointing effort from Porterfield's side it would be unfair to take away from Dutch skipper Peter Borren who stuck with his plan to bowl short to the Irish batsmen and it was a ploy that certainly had the desired effect late on.
With 129 to get the Netherlands started shakily as Craig Young and Alex Cusack picked up the wickets of Stephen Myburgh (1) and Wesley Barresi (9) respectively.
Ben Cooper (43) and Michael Swart (21) got the momentum back with a 44-run partnership before Kevin O'Brien removed them both to give Ireland a glimmer of hope.
Skipper Borren was proving a tougher nut to crack however and he held firm to ensure that his side would cement their place in Sunday's decider.
Borren paced the reply really well and with Max O'Dowd (17) saw it through to a thoroughly deserved win- the captain unbeaten on 36 (4 fours and a six) when the winning run was scored.
It was a disappointing result for Ireland who now face a third/fourth play-off place match against Hong Kong on 26 July, ahead of the all European final between The Netherlands and Scotland.
Ireland's 3/4th play-off match v Hong Kong was abandoned without a toss.
The final between Scotland and Netherlands was also abandoned.
The final rankings were:
1: Scotland, 2: Netherlands, 3: Ireland, 4: Hong Kong, 5: Afghanistan, 6: Oman
- Skied by William Porterfield
- Mudassar Bukhari delighted
- Gary Wilson batting
- Boundary for Gary Wilson
- Appeal by Wesley Barresi
- Skied by Kevin O'Brien..
- Catch by Pieter Seelaar
- Stuart Poynter skies it
- Caught by Paul van Meekeren
- Stuart Thompson is caught on the boundary
- Run out for Timm van der Gugten
- William Porterfield
- Johan Cloete signals a boundary
- Timm van der Gugten
- Barresi takes
- Andrew Balbirnie
- Cut by Balbirnie
- Peter Borren appeals
- Gary Wilson dives in
- Paul van Meekeren
- Van Meekeren bowled well
- Waving the flag
- Wesley Barresi appeals
- Kevin O'Brien
- Roelof van der Merwe and Wesley Barresi
- Smashed by O'Brien
- One handed by Kevin O'Brien
- Paul van Meekeren congratulated
- John Mooney gets in a tangle
- Netherlands celebrate
- Presidents remember Derek Scott and Joe Caprani
- Players have minute's silence
- Craig Young congratulated
- Boundary for Ben Cooper
- Stuart Poynter
- Craig Young
- Catch for Andy McBrine
- Slashed by Ben Cooper
- Runs for Cooper
- Single for Micky Swart
- Reverse swept by Swart
- Return to John Mooney
- Sliced past Gary Wilson
- Six into the crowd
- Catch for Stuart Poynter
- Gary Wilson congratulates Kevin O'Brien
- Ramp shot by Peter Borren goes for six
- Peter Borren not in control of this one
- Kevin O'Brien celebration
- Kevin O'Brien celebrates the dismissal
- Missed run out
- Peter Borren
- Max O'Dowd
- George Dockrell takes the catch
- Netherlands celebrate the win
- Roleof van der Merwe congratulates Peter Borren
- Ross McCollum presents MOM to Mudassar Bukhari
- MOM Mudassar Bukhari
- Peter Borren and William Porterfield