Ireland v Namibia
Dubai, 2 November 2019
T20 World Cup Qualifier
Result Ireland beat Namibia by 27 runs
Toss Ireland
Last update 3:09 PM Local Time
Commentator Barry Chambers/John Elder
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1:32 PM Don't forget, you will be able to see video highlights and match photographs later in the day in our Match Centre.
1:31 PM So both teams head home having done their jobs and qualified for Australia 2020. Gary Wilson says that Ireland didn't deserve to be in the final and he is quite right. That Final features the Netherlands and Papua New guinea who have played the best cricket of the 14 teams in this tournament. Hopefully it will be an exciting contest and our colleague Andrew Nixon will be providing CricketEurope's ball by ball commentary - the match starts at 3.30 GMT.
1:26 PM Simi Singh gets the Player of the Match award for his 3 for 25.
1:25 PM Ireland finish with a victory but they weren't stretched in the field and nothing much should be read into the bowling performances. However, the terrible problems they have with their middle order continue and that must be very worrying for the future. Once the top three of Stirling, O'Brien and Balbirnie are gone nobody seems to be able to continue the momentum of the innings.
1:22 PM There's not a lot you can say about that Namibian innings innings except that captain Erasmus stood head and shoulders above the rest. Ireland bowled well but, Erasmus apart, nobody put them under any pressure at any time. Namibia end on a low note but they are on their way to Australia and that's a great fillip to their cricket which has been in the doldrums since their appearance in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
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B Shikongo c Balbirnie b Adair 0 (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 1 in 2 balls
Namibia 108-10 in 18.2 overs
18.2 Adair to Shikongo, OUT - CAUGHT! The tamest of ends as Shikongo pushes his first ball gently to short extra cover.
18.1 Adair to Scholtz, 1 run. Bottom-handed shovel shot to mid on.
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End of over 18 (1 run) Namibia 107-9
B Scholtz 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Rankin 3-0-17-2 Young 1-0-8-0
Namibia need 29 runs to win in 2.0 overs.
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Z Groenewald c O'Brien b Rankin 2 (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 33.33
Partnership of 1 in 4 balls
Namibia 107-9 in 18.0 overs
17.6 Rankin to Groenewald, OUT - CAUGHT! O'Brien makes no mistake this time as Groenewald miscues his drive and hits it gently to mid on. Maybe he should have taken the singel off the previous delivery.
17.5 Rankin to Groenewald, no run. They decide not to run as he drags it to mid on.
17.4 Rankin to Scholtz, 1 run. Gives himself some room and runs it to third man.
17.3 Rankin to Scholtz, no run. Groenewald just gets back as Singh's throw hits the stumps at the bowler's end.
1:12 PM That should be game over.
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JJ Smit bowled Rankin 10 (13 balls, 0x4, 1x6) SR: 76.92
Partnership of 9 in 9 balls
Namibia 106-8 in 17.2 overs
17.2 Rankin to Smit, OUT - BOWLED! Gives himself some room and a straight full length delivery crashes into the stumps. Good bowling by Rankin as Smit shimmied around in his crease.
17.1 Rankin to Smit, no run. Fishes at a delivery outside off stump.
1:10 PM 10 runs per over required.
1:10 PM Smit is the leading six-hitter in the tournament - that was his 14th.
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End of over 17 (8 runs) Namibia 106-7
Z Groenewald 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) JJ Smit 10* (11 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.1 overs
Young 1-0-8-0 Singh 4-0-25-3
Namibia need 30 runs to win in 3.0 overs.
16.6 Young to Smit, 1 run. Digs out the yorker and gets an easy single to keep the strike.
16.5 Young to Smit, SIX Crack! That goes miles over the fence over wide mid on.Lovely noise off the bat.
16.4 Young to Smit, no run. Big swish but hits only warm Dubai air.
16.3 Young to Groenewald, 1 run. Driven to mid off.
16.2 Young to Groenewald, no run. Very good length and he can't do anything with this ball.
16.1 Young to Groenewald, no run. Thinks better of a single as it goes to short square leg.
1:06 PM Here's Craig Young, I thought Gary Wilson had forgotten about him.
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End of over 16 (5 runs) Namibia 98-7
JJ Smit 3* (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) Z Groenewald 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.1 overs
Singh 4-0-25-3 Adair 3-0-8-1
Namibia need 38 runs to win in 4.0 overs.
15.6 Singh to Groenewald, 1 run. Off the mark with a streaky shot that was in the air for a while but safely clear of mid on.
1:04 PM The Namibia scorecard isn't a pretty one with only two batters reaching double figures.
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C Viljoen c Adair b Singh 4 (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 80.00
Partnership of 5 in 7 balls
Namibia 97-7 in 15.5 overs
15.5 Singh to Viljoen, OUT - CAUGHT! Bad delivery gets a wicket. Outside leg stump, Viljoen changes his shot and just chips it ever so gently to Adair at short mid wicket. Viljoen should be kicking himself.
15.4 Singh to Viljoen, 2 runs. Comes down and goes over cover. Delany slow to get that back in to the keeper.
15.3 Singh to Smit, 1 run. Slow and wide off off stump, punched to deep cover.
15.2 Singh to Viljoen, 1 run. Wide of leg stump and dragged to wide mid on.
15.1 Singh to Viljoen, no run. Reverse sweep straight to the fielder.
1:00 PM Great changes of pace from Adair.
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End of over 15 (2 runs) Namibia 93-6
JJ Smit 2* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) C Viljoen 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.2 overs
Adair 3-0-8-1 G Delany 4-0-23-2
Namibia need 43 runs to win in 5.0 overs.
14.6 Adair to Smit, no run. Slow and wide of off stump and the batsman is somewhat bemused and lets it go!
14.5 Adair to Viljoen, 1 run. Good cover drive to get him underway.
12:58 PM A big wicket and that may be the end of Namibia's hopes of chasing down their target.
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G Erasmus c Rankin b Adair 51 (34 balls, 7x4, 0x6) SR: 150.00
Partnership of 14 in 16 balls
Namibia 92-6 in 14.4 overs
14.4 Adair to Erasmus, OUT - CAUGHT! Tries to shovel a short slower ball over fine leg but doesn't get enough bat on it and it goes straight to Rankin.
14.3 Adair to Smit, 1 leg bye.
14.2 Adair to Smit, no run. Missed run out as Erasmus is stranded and tries to get back. Adair was in front of the stumps.
14.1 Adair to Smit, no run. Pushed wide of Adair to mid off.
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End of over 14 (6 runs) Namibia 91-5
G Erasmus 51* (33 balls, 7x4, 0x6) JJ Smit 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 2.0 overs
G Delany 4-0-23-2 Rankin 2-0-16-0
Namibia need 45 runs to win in 6.0 overs.
13.6 G Delany to Erasmus, no run. DROPPED by O'Brien at mid off. Should have taken that catch at just above head height. Seemed to surprise O'Brien.
13.5 G Delany to Erasmus, no run. Cut straight to point.
13.4 G Delany to Smit, 1 run. Pushed to mid off.
13.3 G Delany to Erasmus, 1 run. Easy single into the leg side.
13.2 G Delany to Erasmus, no run.
13.1 G Delany to Erasmus, FOUR Short and pulled fiercely to mid wicket. That brings up his fifty.
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End of over 13 (7 runs) Namibia 85-5
G Erasmus 45* (29 balls, 6x4, 0x6) JJ Smit 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 7 in 1.0 overs
Rankin 2-0-16-0 Singh 3-0-20-2
Namibia need 51 runs to win in 7.0 overs.
12.6 Rankin to Smit, 1 run.
12.5 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run.
12.4 Rankin to Smit, 2 runs. Goes up on his toes and cuts to deep point.
12.3 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run. Runs it down to third man.
12.2 Rankin to Smit, 1 run. Off the mark with a nudge into the leg side.
12.1 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run.
12:47 PM Wilson had actually dropped the ball and then picked up and realised Green's foot still wasn't back.
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End of over 12 (9 runs) Namibia 78-5
G Erasmus 40* (24 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Singh 3-0-20-2 Getkate 3-0-25-1
Namibia need 58 runs to win in 8.0 overs.
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Z Green st Wilson b Singh 9 (11 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 81.82
Partnership of 36 in 20 balls
Namibia 78-5 in 12.0 overs
11.6 Singh to Green, OUT - STUMPED! Stretches forward and doesn't slide his foot back in time.
11.5 Singh to Green, no run. Tries again but misses.
11.4 Singh to Green, FOUR Reverse sweep is hit very fine.
11.3 Singh to Erasmus, 1 run. Nudged round to Rankin at short fine leg.
11.2 Singh to Erasmus, 2 runs. Again two more from a gentle push into the leg side.
11.1 Singh to Erasmus, 2 runs. Good from Erasmus as he comes down the wicket and pushed the ball gently out into the leg side.
12:42 PM That over certainly helps the Namibian cause.
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End of over 11 (18 runs) Namibia 69-4
Z Green 5* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) G Erasmus 35* (22 balls, 6x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 27 in 2.2 overs
Getkate 3-0-25-1 Singh 2-0-11-1
Namibia need 67 runs to win in 9.0 overs.
10.6 Getkate to Erasmus, 1 run.
10.6 Getkate to Erasmus, NO BALL - FOUR High full toss is swotted to fine leg.
10.5 Getkate to Erasmus, FOUR Sweet off drive races to the boundary. Great shot.
10.4 Getkate to Erasmus, FOUR Full toss is lashed to forward square leg.
10.4 Getkate to Erasmus, NO BALL
10.3 Getkate to Green, 1 run.
10.2 Getkate to Green, 2 runs. Cracked out to square leg and Tector does well to save the boundary.
10.1 Getkate to Green, no run. Green struggling to get going here.
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End of over 10 (7 runs) Namibia 51-4
G Erasmus 22* (17 balls, 3x4, 0x6) Z Green 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.2 overs
Singh 2-0-11-1 Getkate 2-0-7-1
Namibia need 85 runs to win in 10.0 overs.
9.6 Singh to Green, 1 run.
9.5 Singh to Green, no run.
9.4 Singh to Green, no run.
9.3 Singh to Erasmus, 1 run. Pushed towards square leg
9.2 Singh to Erasmus, FOUR Reverse sweep is hit well and Delany gets into a tangle fielding it and knocks it on to the rope.
9.1 Singh to Green, 1 run. Singh gives it some air and Green drives to extra cover.
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End of over 9 (3 runs) Namibia 44-4
G Erasmus 17* (15 balls, 2x4, 0x6) Z Green 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.2 overs
Getkate 2-0-7-1 Rankin 1-0-9-0
Namibia need 92 runs to win in 11.0 overs.
8.6 Getkate to Erasmus, no run. Goes back and punches it along the pitch to Getkate.
8.5 Getkate to Erasmus, 2 runs. Short and wide and cut to deep point.
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S Baard c Singh b Getkate 17 (18 balls, 1x4, 0x6) SR: 94.44
Partnership of 22 in 19 balls
Namibia 42-4 in 8.4 overs
8.4 Getkate to Baard, OUT - CAUGHT! Tries to go over mid wicket but gets it high on the bat and Simi Singh comes round from deep mid on to take a good catch.
8.3 Getkate to Erasmus, 1 run. Short and he mistimes his pull which goes to Delany at deep square leg.
8.2 Getkate to Erasmus, no run. Can't beat the fielder at short mid wicket.
8.1 Getkate to Erasmus, no run. Driven but directly along the ground to mid off.
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End of over 8 (9 runs) Namibia 41-3
S Baard 17* (17 balls, 1x4, 0x6) G Erasmus 14* (10 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 21 in 2.3 overs
Rankin 1-0-9-0 Getkate 1-0-4-0
Namibia need 95 runs to win in 12.0 overs.
7.6 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run. Again he lets it come to him and runs it off the face of the bat to third man.
7.5 Rankin to Baard, 1 run. Mistimes his cut as the ball gets large on him but they still get a single behind point.
7.4 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run. On leg stump and it's an easy single in front of square leg.
7.3 Rankin to Baard, 1 run. Nurdled to third man.
7.2 Rankin to Baard, FOUR Waits on the short ball and pulls it through mid wicket.
7.1 Rankin to Erasmus, 1 run. Driven into the mid wicket region.
12:24 PM Here's Boyd Rankin and his extra bounce may provide problems for the batsmen.
12:24 PM Once again the Namibian batting is struggling against bowling that is not offering them many loose balls.
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End of over 7 (4 runs) Namibia 32-3
S Baard 11* (14 balls, 0x4, 0x6) G Erasmus 11* (7 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 12 in 1.3 overs
Getkate 1-0-4-0 G Delany 3-0-17-2
Namibia need 104 runs to win in 13.0 overs.
6.6 Getkate to Erasmus, 1 run. Worked wide of mid on.
6.5 Getkate to Erasmus, no run. Some confusion int he calling but they eventually stay where they are.
6.4 Getkate to Erasmus, no run. Off the back foot into the covers.
6.3 Getkate to Erasmus, 2 runs. Driven to deep cover and they take on Tector's throw.
6.2 Getkate to Baard, 1 run. Cut uppishly down to third man.
6.1 Getkate to Baard, no run. Well stopped by Getkate himself.
12:19 PM No need for HawkEye when umpire Wharf is standing! He may well have been correct but Williams was a long way down.
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End of over 6 (11 runs) Namibia 28-3
G Erasmus 8* (3 balls, 2x4, 0x6) S Baard 10* (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 8 in 0.3 overs
G Delany 3-0-17-2 Adair 2-0-7-0
Namibia need 108 runs to win in 14.0 overs.
5.6 G Delany to Erasmus, FOUR That's an even better sweep shot and it races to fine leg.
5.5 G Delany to Erasmus, FOUR Swept really well and Tector has no chance this time.
5.4 G Delany to Erasmus, no run.
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C Williams lbw b G Delany 1 (8 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 12.50
Partnership of 9 in 15 balls
Namibia 20-3 in 5.3 overs
5.3 G Delany to Williams, OUT - LBW! Williams is really annoyed as he was about two metres down the track when that hit his pads. Umpire Wharf reckons it was going on to hit the stumps - he certainly didn't think for too long about his decision. Williams trudges off slowly.
5.2 G Delany to Baard, 3 runs. Swept to deep square leg and Tector dives to save the boundary.
5.1 G Delany to Baard, no run.
12:14 PM All the Namibian batsman seem to be very bottom-handed.
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End of over 5 (3 runs) Namibia 17-2
C Williams 1* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) S Baard 7* (10 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 2.0 overs
Adair 2-0-7-0 G Delany 2-0-6-1
Namibia need 119 runs to win in 15.0 overs.
4.6 Adair to Baard, 1 run. Worked off leg stump to deep mid wicket.
4.5 Adair to Williams, 1 run. Slower full length delivery is driven wide of mid off.
4.4 Adair to Williams, no run.
4.3 Adair to Baard, 1 run. Good accurate stuff from Adair who pushes Williamms back.
4.2 Adair to Williams, no run. Full toss is driven straight to extra cover.
4.1 Adair to Williams, 1 run. Pushed into the leg side.
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End of over 4 (3 runs) Namibia 14-2
S Baard 2* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) C Williams 3* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.0 overs
G Delany 2-0-6-1 Singh 1-0-4-1
Namibia need 122 runs to win in 16.0 overs.
3.6 G Delany to Baard, no run. Pushed to Getkate at square leg and Baard almost sets off for a suicidal single.
3.5 G Delany to Baard, no run.
3.4 G Delany to Williams, 1 run. Round the corner to fine leg.
3.3 G Delany to Williams, no run. Misses with the reverse sweep. Wilson appeals but the umpire iisn't impressed.
3.2 G Delany to Williams, 2 runs. In the air to deep mid wicket.
3.1 G Delany to Williams, no run. Almost plays on.
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End of over 3 (4 runs) Namibia 11-2
S Baard 2* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Singh 1-0-4-1 G Delany 1-0-3-1
Namibia need 125 runs to win in 17.0 overs.
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JP Kotze c & b Singh 4 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 57.14
Partnership of 5 in 8 balls
Namibia 11-2 in 3.0 overs
2.6 Singh to Kotze, OUT - CAUGHT! Tries to drive it back past the bowler but doesn't time it at all and Singh accepts the return catch.
2.5 Singh to Kotze, no run. Goes for the sweep but misses.
2.4 Singh to Baard, 1 run. Played with the turn out to mid wicket.
2.3 Singh to Kotze, 1 run. Dragged down to long on with little timing.
2.2 Singh to Kotze, no run.
2.1 Singh to Kotze, 2 runs. They get an overthrow as Kotze is almost run out.
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End of over 2 (3 runs) Namibia 7-1
S Baard 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) JP Kotze 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.2 overs
G Delany 1-0-3-1 Adair 1-0-4-0
Namibia need 129 runs to win in 18.0 overs.
1.6 G Delany to Kotze, 1 run. Worked into the leg side.
1.5 G Delany to Kotze, no run.
12:03 PM Davin gives the umpire a bit of a look on the way past but he has nothing to complain about.
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N Davin lbw b G Delany 5 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 71.43
Partnership of 6 in 10 balls
Namibia 6-1 in 1.4 overs
1.4 G Delany to Davin, OUT - LBW! Goes for the sweep but misses and hits him on the thigh but the ball was going to hit the top of middle stump.
1.3 G Delany to Davin, no run. Amazing shot - cut square from a yard outside leg stump.
1.2 G Delany to Davin, no run. Pushed into the off side.
1.1 G Delany to Davin, 2 runs. Punched off the back foot just wide of the diving cover fielder.
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End of over 1 (4 runs) Namibia 4-0
S Baard 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) N Davin 3* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 4 in 1.0 overs
Adair 1-0-4-0
Namibia need 132 runs to win in 19.0 overs.
0.6 Adair to Baard, no run. Pushed towards cover.
0.5 Adair to Davin, 1 run. Waits for that one and runs it down gently to third man. Davin nearly causes his partner to be run out as he dithers with the calling.
0.4 Adair to Davin, 2 runs. Lucky as he miscues and the ball falls safely behind the two fielders in the covers.
0.3 Adair to Davin, no run. Just back of a length and Davin is forced back into the crease.
0.2 Adair to Baard, 1 run. Just nudged into the short mid wicket area.
0.1 Adair to Baard, no run. Great first delivery goes right through the forward prod of Baard.
11:54 AM Mark Adair to open the bowling from the Emirates Road End.
11:51 AM I think this may be quite a challenge for Namibia who didn't bat particularly well last evening in their semi-final defeat at the hands of Papua New Guinea.
11:49 AM I've just finished watching a magnificent Rugby World Cup final victory by South Africa, who thoroughly outplayed England. Congratulations to South Africa who certainly showed us just how well they can play.
11:48 AM Thanks Barry. I couldn't agree more with you about the atmosphere of this match. I really can't see the role of third place matches in tournaments such as these. In general, the players don't want them and the only reason appears to be that ICC can decide who goes into which slot in the preliminary qualifying tournament in Australia next year. Well, they could do that a lot more easily by drawing lots.
11:37 AM John Elder will bring you the second innings. Stay with us until then when play resumes shortly.
11:37 AM Not the greatest batting display by Ireland. Decent start and Balbirnie batted well. Thereafter not much to write home about before Adair's two sixes.
11:36 AM Will it be enough. It shouldn't but it might.
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B Rankin bowled Smit 0 (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 0 in 2 balls
Ireland 135-10 in 19.1 overs
19.1 Smit to Rankin, OUT - BOWLED! Yorker and that clatters the stumps.
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End of over 19 (15 runs) Ireland 135-9
C Young 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) B Rankin 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.1 overs
Williams 4-0-34-3 Smit 3-0-19-2
18.6 Williams to Young, no run. Back to the bowler.
11:34 AM You know the way your mum and day used to make you go to the school on the last day of term when nobody was interested and the teachers let you play games or do whatever you wanted as long as you didn't burn the school down? This is how this game feels.
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M Adair c Davin b Williams 17 (7 balls, 0x4, 2x6) SR: 242.86
Partnership of 15 in 5 balls
Ireland 135-9 in 18.5 overs
18.5 Williams to Adair, OUT - CAUGHT! Pulled to deep midwicket and no mistake.
18.4 Williams to Adair, 2 runs. Full toss to long on.
18.3 Williams to Adair, SIX BOOM! And again. Boy. did Ireland need this.
18.2 Williams to Adair, SIX BOOM! Way over long on
11:31 AM Can Adair get the big levers out? He has the power to clear the ropes. Ireland need something.
18.1 Williams to Young, 1 run. Into the off side and gets Adair on strike.
11:29 AM All too-familiar failings in recent times here. Can they salvage anything in the last 12 balls?
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End of over 18 (2 runs) Ireland 120-8
M Adair 3* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Smit 3-0-19-2 Williams 3-0-19-2
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S Singh c Viljoen b Smit 0 (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 0.00
Partnership of 1 in 4 balls
Ireland 120-8 in 18.0 overs
17.6 Smit to Singh, OUT - CAUGHT! Puts it down the throat of deep square
17.5 Smit to Singh, no run. Misses it.
17.4 Smit to Singh, no run. Wanted a run and almost a run out as there was a mix up
17.3 Smit to Adair, 1 run. To long-off
11:25 AM I've seen this movie before.
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S Getkate c Davin b Smit 6 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 85.71
Partnership of 2 in 3 balls
Ireland 119-7 in 17.2 overs
17.2 Smit to Getkate, OUT - CAUGHT! Picks out the fielder on the boundary.
17.1 Smit to Adair, 1 run. To midwicket
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End of over 17 (7 runs) Ireland 118-6
S Getkate 6* (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) M Adair 1* (1 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.1 overs
Williams 3-0-19-2 Scholtz 4-0-29-1
16.6 Williams to Adair, 1 run. Off the mark to midwicket
11:23 AM Gary has been under a lot of pressure and that innings won't ease the criticism. The middle order not firing today. Namibia finishing the stronger, Can Ireland fight back?
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G Wilson bowled Williams 11 (12 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 91.67
Partnership of 11 in 11 balls
Ireland 117-6 in 16.5 overs
16.5 Williams to Wilson, OUT - BOWLED! Misses as he tried to run it away. May have moved a touch and the off stump is hit.
16.4 Williams to Wilson, 2 runs. Square driven
16.3 Williams to Getkate, 1 run. Pushes to midwicket
16.2 Williams to Getkate, 2 runs. Carved through point
16.1 Williams to Wilson, 1 run. Pulled to deep midwicket
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End of over 16 (5 runs) Ireland 111-5
S Getkate 3* (4 balls, 0x4, 0x6) G Wilson 8* (9 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 5 in 1.0 overs
Scholtz 4-0-29-1 Williams 2-0-12-1
15.6 Scholtz to Getkate, no run. Can't get it away
15.5 Scholtz to Getkate, 2 runs. Chipped over cover
15.4 Scholtz to Wilson, 1 run. Played into off
15.3 Scholtz to Getkate, 1 run. To midwicket
15.2 Scholtz to Getkate, no run. Beaten outside off
15.1 Scholtz to Wilson, 1 run. To midwicket
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End of over 15 (4 runs) Ireland 106-5
G Wilson 6* (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 0 in 0.0 overs
Williams 2-0-12-1 Erasmus 2-0-18-0
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A Balbirnie c Shikongo b Williams 46 (35 balls, 5x4, 0x6) SR: 131.43
Partnership of 21 in 21 balls
Ireland 106-5 in 15.0 overs
14.6 Williams to Balbirnie, OUT - CAUGHT! Pulled to deep backward square and routine catch
14.5 Williams to Wilson, 1 run. Pushed into the off side
14.4 Williams to Balbirnie, 1 run. Good running as it dropped down
14.3 Williams to Wilson, 1 run. To the off
14.2 Williams to Balbirnie, 1 run. Finds the gap
14.1 Williams to Balbirnie, no run.
11:09 AM Can Ireland finish strongly. 150-160. Will it be enough?
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End of over 14 (4 runs) Ireland 102-4
G Wilson 4* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 44* (31 balls, 5x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 17 in 2.3 overs
Scholtz 3-0-24-1 Erasmus 2-0-18-0
13.6 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 1 run. Into that big gap at midwicket
13.5 Scholtz to Wilson, 1 run. Finds the gap on the leg-side.
13.4 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 1 run. Skied but safe. 100 up.
13.3 Scholtz to Balbirnie, no run. Misses sweep
13.2 Scholtz to Balbirnie, no run. Miscued and almost a return catch.
13.1 Scholtz to Wilson, 1 run. To midwicket.
11:06 AM Erasmus. Dutch philospher. Quote that I used in a conversation last week. 'In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king."
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End of over 13 (11 runs) Ireland 98-4
A Balbirnie 42* (27 balls, 5x4, 0x6) G Wilson 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 1.3 overs
Erasmus 2-0-18-0 Groenewald 4-0-20-2
12.6 Erasmus to Wilson, 1 run. Improvised shot gets the run.
12.5 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 1 run. To the sweeper
12.4 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 2 runs. Out to deep midwicket
12.3 Erasmus to Balbirnie, no run. Almost chipped back
12.2 Erasmus to Balbirnie, FOUR Thumped to midwicket
12.1 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 2 runs. To deep square
12.1 Erasmus to Balbirnie, WIDE First extra. Way outside off
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End of over 12 (3 runs) Ireland 87-4
G Wilson 1* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 33* (22 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 2 in 0.3 overs
Groenewald 4-0-20-2 Erasmus 1-0-7-0
11.6 Groenewald to Wilson, no run. Into leg side
11.5 Groenewald to Balbirnie, 1 run. To vacant midwicket
11.4 Groenewald to Wilson, 1 run. Into the leg side
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H Tector lbw b Groenewald 7 (7 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 100.00
Partnership of 14 in 14 balls
Ireland 85-4 in 11.3 overs
11.3 Groenewald to Tector, OUT - LBW! Misses sweep and that looked stone dead
11.2 Groenewald to Tector, no run. Can't get it away
11.1 Groenewald to Balbirnie, 1 run. To point
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End of over 11 (7 runs) Ireland 84-3
H Tector 7* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 31* (20 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 13 in 1.5 overs
Erasmus 1-0-7-0 Scholtz 2-0-20-1
10.6 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 1 run. To long off
10.5 Erasmus to Tector, 1 run. Out square
10.4 Erasmus to Tector, 2 runs. To leg
10.3 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 1 run. Swept fine
10.2 Erasmus to Balbirnie, no run.
10.1 Erasmus to Balbirnie, 2 runs. To leg
10:59 AM It's the skipper Erasmus.
10:55 AM Halfway point. Fairly evens stevens. Namibia haven't conceded an extra yet. Disciplined.
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End of over 10 (6 runs) Ireland 77-3
H Tector 4* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 27* (16 balls, 4x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 6 in 0.5 overs
Groenewald 3-0-17-1 Scholtz 2-0-20-1
9.6 Groenewald to Balbirnie, 1 run. Out to the cover sweeper.
9.5 Groenewald to Tector, 1 run. Dabbed down to third man
9.4 Groenewald to Balbirnie, 1 run. Cut away
9.3 Groenewald to Tector, 1 run. Through the off side
9.2 Groenewald to Tector, 2 runs. Off the mark as he finds the gap on the leg side
10:50 AM Another of the Irish young guns. Harry Tector to the middle.
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G Delany bowled Groenewald 4 (6 balls, 0x4, 0x6) SR: 66.67
Partnership of 22 in 16 balls
Ireland 71-3 in 9.1 overs
9.1 Groenewald to G Delany, OUT - BOWLED! Missed attempted cut. he doesn't look very happy with himself.
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End of over 9 (12 runs) Ireland 71-2
A Balbirnie 25* (14 balls, 4x4, 0x6) G Delany 4* (5 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 22 in 2.3 overs
Scholtz 2-0-20-1 Smit 2-0-17-0
8.6 Scholtz to G Delany, 3 runs. Too short and cut away
8.5 Scholtz to G Delany, no run. Defends
8.4 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 1 run. To square leg
8.3 Scholtz to Balbirnie, FOUR And again. Lovely shot
8.2 Scholtz to Balbirnie, FOUR Cut powerfully
8.1 Scholtz to Balbirnie, no run.
10:48 AM Scholtz. Best I can do is American TV series called Private Schultz. Ran for a long time. Not sure why. I didn't find it very funny.
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End of over 8 (7 runs) Ireland 59-2
G Delany 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 16* (10 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 10 in 1.3 overs
Smit 2-0-17-0 Scholtz 1-0-8-1
7.6 Smit to G Delany, no run. Misses out
7.5 Smit to Balbirnie, 1 run. Into the leg side
7.4 Smit to G Delany, 1 run. Off the mark to mid on
7.3 Smit to G Delany, no run. Misses
7.2 Smit to Balbirnie, 1 run. Steered away
7.1 Smit to Balbirnie, FOUR Pulled powerfully
7
End of over 7 (8 runs) Ireland 52-2
G Delany 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 10* (7 balls, 1x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 0.3 overs
Scholtz 1-0-8-1 Williams 1-0-8-0
6.6 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 1 run. Pushed away
6.5 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 2 runs. Sweeps and finds the gap
6.4 Scholtz to Balbirnie, no run. Into leg
10:40 AM Gareth Delany the new batter. They crossed.
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P Stirling c Kotze b Scholtz 25 (21 balls, 4x4, 0x6) SR: 119.05
Partnership of 14 in 10 balls
Ireland 49-2 in 6.3 overs
6.3 Scholtz to Stirling, OUT - CAUGHT! Down the pitch, doesn't quite get there and hits it straight down the throat of long-on
6.2 Scholtz to Balbirnie, 1 run. Down and sweeps to deep square
6.1 Scholtz to Balbirnie, FOUR Inside out and lofted over covers
10:38 AM Williams - played snooker regularly with a guy called Gavin Toner. His dad Gerry who was originally from Limavady beat Rex Williams to win the UK youth billiards Championship. Good player.
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End of over 6 (8 runs) Ireland 44-1
P Stirling 25* (20 balls, 4x4, 0x6) A Balbirnie 2* (2 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 9 in 1.1 overs
Williams 1-0-8-0 Shikongo 1-0-6-1
5.6 Williams to Balbirnie, 1 run. Hit to the off
5.5 Williams to Stirling, 1 run. Pushed to the off
5.4 Williams to Balbirnie, 1 run. Driven to cover
5.3 Williams to Stirling, 1 run. Finds the gap on the off side
5.2 Williams to Stirling, no run. Solid defence
5.1 Williams to Stirling, FOUR Too wide and cut powerfully. You don't bowl there to Paul.
10:35 AM Craig Williams on to bowl.
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End of over 5 (6 runs) Ireland 36-1
A Balbirnie 0* (0 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 19* (16 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 1 in 0.1 overs
Shikongo 1-0-6-1 Smit 1-0-10-0
4.6 Shikongo to Stirling, 1 run.
10:32 AM Andy Balbirnie the new man in but they crossed so he will have to wait to face.
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K O'Brien c Davin b Shikongo 17 (14 balls, 0x4, 1x6) SR: 121.43
Partnership of 35 in 29 balls
Ireland 35-1 in 4.5 overs
4.5 Shikongo to O'Brien, OUT - CAUGHT! Top edges it and very good running catch coming in from deep square and diving forward.
4.4 Shikongo to O'Brien, 2 runs. Hit hard to midwicket. Uppish.
4.3 Shikongo to O'Brien, no run. Defends
4.2 Shikongo to O'Brien, 2 runs. Played fine and dies well to getback for the second.
4.1 Shikongo to Stirling, 1 run. Finds the gap on the off side
10:28 AM Shikongo on now. That has me stumped for any trivia about his surname.
10:27 AM On the name Viljoen - there was an Ipswich Town player called Colin Viljoen in the late 70's/80s. Might have been capped a few times.
10:27 AM Steady start by Ireland. Not getting away from Namibia though.
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End of over 4 (10 runs) Ireland 30-0
K O'Brien 13* (10 balls, 0x4, 1x6) P Stirling 17* (14 balls, 3x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 30 in 4.0 overs
Smit 1-0-10-0 Groenewald 2-0-11-0
3.6 Smit to Stirling, 1 run. Keeps the strike again as it goes into the leg side
3.5 Smit to O'Brien, 1 run. Pulled away.
3.4 Smit to O'Brien, 2 runs. Out into the leg side and easy two
3.3 Smit to Stirling, 1 run. To fine leg
3.2 Smit to Stirling, FOUR Great shot through square covers
3.1 Smit to O'Brien, 1 run. To deep square
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End of over 3 (8 runs) Ireland 20-0
P Stirling 11* (11 balls, 2x4, 0x6) K O'Brien 9* (7 balls, 0x4, 1x6)
Partnership of 20 in 3.0 overs
Groenewald 2-0-11-0 Viljoen 1-0-9-0
2.6 Groenewald to O'Brien, 1 run. To long off
2.5 Groenewald to O'Brien, no run. Misses sweep
2.4 Groenewald to O'Brien, SIX BOOM! Swept powerfully over deep midwicket
2.3 Groenewald to O'Brien, no run. Back to the bowler
2.2 Groenewald to Stirling, 1 run. Finds the gap
2.1 Groenewald to Stirling, no run.
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End of over 2 (9 runs) Ireland 12-0
K O'Brien 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 10* (9 balls, 2x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 12 in 2.0 overs
Viljoen 1-0-9-0 Groenewald 1-0-3-0
1.6 Viljoen to Stirling, 1 run. Into the leg side and they get one. Keeps the strike
1.5 Viljoen to Stirling, no run. Can't get it away
1.4 Viljoen to Stirling, FOUR Cut on the up to third man. Powerful.
1.3 Viljoen to Stirling, FOUR Lovely timing and placemnet through the covers.
1.2 Viljoen to Stirling, no run. Into the off side
1.1 Viljoen to Stirling, no run. Tucks him up
10:16 AM Never seen the movie the whole way through. Any good I wonder? I have seen Lawrence of Arabia though. It's brilliant. They are doing a remake I hear in the NW. Lawrence Moore of the Waterside.
10:15 AM What a great name for a bowler - Zhivago Groenwald. You reckon his parents were Boris Pasternak fans? Or maybe Omar Sharif/Julie Christie?
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End of over 1 (3 runs) Ireland 3-0
K O'Brien 2* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6) P Stirling 1* (3 balls, 0x4, 0x6)
Partnership of 3 in 1.0 overs
Groenewald 1-0-3-0
0.6 Groenewald to O'Brien, 2 runs. Off the outside half of the bat down to wide third man
0.5 Groenewald to O'Brien, no run. Can't get that away
0.4 Groenewald to O'Brien, no run. Defends
0.3 Groenewald to Stirling, 1 run. Off the mark in front of square
0.2 Groenewald to Stirling, no run. Back down the pitch
0.1 Groenewald to Stirling, no run. Into the off
10:09 AM Namibia unchanged from yesterday. Umpires on their way and we will be starting shortly.
10:09 AM No place for Lorcan Tucker. Thought they might have given him a go with the gloves today. Forward planning and all that.
10:08 AM Gary Wilson has won the toss and opted to bat first. Stuart Thompson and George Dockrell are out. Simi Singh and Shane Getkate in.
10:07 AM Very much an anti-climax but important to determine placings for the T20 World Cup groups.
10:06 AM Welcome to CricketEurope's coverage of this third place match between Ireland and Namibia.