T20 World Cup Qualifier: Ireland, Dutch edge closer to finals

Although, Ireland sits top of Group B with eight points, second place Oman still has one group game remaining.

Ireland goes top after win over Nigeria.

Ireland goes top after win over Nigeria.   -  Twitter/@Irelandcricket

Ireland and Netherlands secured qualification for the play-offs at the World T20 qualifier after registering convincing wins over Nigeria and Bermuda by eight wickets and 92 runs, respectively.

Craig Young’s four for 13, alongside Mark Adair’s two for ten, saw Nigeria not being allowed to get going with the bat against Ireland. It could only register 66 for nine from 20 overs on Saturday.

Ireland was never in trouble as Kevin O’Brien’s 32 and Paul Stirling’s 11 again got the side off to a fast start, and the target of 67 was reached in just 6.1 overs. It now sits top of Group B on eight points.

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However, second place Oman still has one group game remaining.

In Group A, Bermuda was no match for Netherlands as a Dutch record opening stand of 123 put the side on its way to registering its highest ever team total of 206 for three.

Ben Cooper and Max O’Dowd both hit 58 and Colin Ackermann bashed a late 43 before Paul van Meekeren took three wickets for 26 as Bermuda could only register 114 for nine in reply, Kamau Leverock top scoring with 31.