|Under 19 World Cup Qualifier: Ireland, July-August 2011|
Ireland make sure of their qualification
ICC Media Release
Dockrell helps Ireland book berth for ICC U19 CWC
Scotland, Nepal have qualified too
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Hosts Ireland on Monday became the third team to book its berth in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be held next year in Australia.
Ireland beat Namibia in the game replayed during the day, following a washout on Sunday, at the Coleraine Cricket Club
Namibia batted first and posted a healthy 245 for nine in its 50 overs. Pelham Myburgh (66: 111b, 4x4) and Gert Lotter (57: 43b, 7x4) played handy knocks to help Namibia reach a competitive total. For the home team, skipper George Dockrell bowled yet another magnificent spell of 3-35.
Ireland slipped to 32 for three in the chase. But Jason van der Merwe (71: 90b, 10x4) and skipper Dockrell (83 n.o.: 113b, 5x4) added 99 runs for the fourth wicket to put the chase back on track. Later, Shane Getkate (59 n.o.: 51b, 3x4, 1x6) added an unbroken 115 runs for the fifth wicket with Dockrell to help Ireland overhaul the target with six wickets to spare.
Dockrell’s all-round show earned him the Man of the Match and quite naturally he was thrilled with the performance of his team: “Yes definitely it is great to see the team through to the World Cup. All credit to the team who bowled brilliantly today. The boys fielded quite well too. Jason (van der Merwe) played a great knock at the start. Then I stayed on with him. Later, Shane (Getkate) played a fantastic knock to take us through to the end. It was a brilliant all-round performance by the team. It was a result of hard work that we have through so many tight games. It is a great relief to have finally qualified and to be leading the team into the Word Cup.”
On the final day of the competition on Tuesday, Namibia plays Kenya at Drummond, Ireland and PNG go head to head at Eglinton, Scotland takes on Vanuatu at Coleraine, Nepal and USA play each other at Limavady and Canada plays Afghanistan at Strabane.
There is plenty to play for on the final day of the competition as three spots are still up for grabs at next year’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.