|European Under 19 (World Cup Qualifier) Championship: Belfast, July 2010|
Ireland clinch final World Cup Qualifier berth
Ireland made sure of second place and a vital World Cup Qualifier place when they beat Netherlands by 82 runs at Waringstown.
Batting first, Ireland overcame a mid innings wobble to post a more than competitive 238 all out. They lost Jason van der Merwe and Adam Berry early, before the Donemana pairing of Andy McBrine (34) and Ryan Hunter (28) started a recovery.
However when they and George Dockrell fell in quick succession, the game was in the balance at 91 for 5.
However Shane Getake (47) and his Malahide team mate Adam Coughlan (40) added 69 for the sixth wicket, to put Ireland back in control.
Getkate and Coughlan both struck five boundaries, as The Netherlands bowlers were punished any time they strayed.
Graeme McCarter provided some late fireworks as he hit 46 from just 40 balls (6 fours, 1 six) to take Ireland to 238 all out in 46 overs.
Philip van der Brandeler (4-30), Sebastiaan Braat (2-40), and Robert van der Harten (2-55) were most successful with the ball for the Dutch.
In reply, James Gruijters (29) continued his consistent batting form this week, and opener Sverre Loggers (20) gave his side a decent platform.
However Barry McCarthy (2-21) and Shane Getkate (2-39) both made sure wickets fell at regular intervals.
It was the introduction of George Dockrell which proved the downfall for the Netherlands, as the left armer showed just why he is so highly rated in cricketing circles. He finished with 5 for 34 as the Dutch finished on 156 all out in 38.4 overs.
Emile van der Burg crashed six boundaries in an enterprising 36, but it was too little too late for his side.
Ireland's 82 run win confirmed their second place in the group, and they now go into the World Cup Qualifiers, hoping to reclaim the title they won last year in Canada.