Namibia dash Ireland’s hopes to reach T20 World Cup Super 12s

  • Gerhard Erasmus hits unbeaten half-century in chase
  • Irish total of 125-8 chased down with nine balls to spare

Namibia reached the Super 12 stage at the T20 World Cup for the first time with an eight-wicket victory over Ireland, who crashed out of the tournament.

Captain Gerhard Erasmus struck an unbeaten half-century in an historic moment for the nation, who only recorded their first-ever World Cup victory earlier at the tournament against the Netherlands. Ireland have not qualified for the main draw since 2012 and their below-par total of 125 for eight was expertly chased down by Namibia.

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Curtis Campher grabs four wickets in four balls as Ireland thrash Netherlands

  • Netherlands 106; Ireland 107-3
  • Little-known seamer joins illustrious T20 company

Ireland’s Curtis Campher became only the third player in history to take four wickets in four balls during a Twenty20 international to help his team to a seven-wicket World Cup stroll against the Netherlands.

Campher’s achievement puts him on a list of three, with Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga the only other bowlers to have achieved the feat.

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Ireland and Scotland target top table as T20 World Cup gets under way

Irish have underperformed at recent tournaments and Scots have toiled of late but both have realistic hopes of the Super 12s

Five and a half years since Carlos Brathwaite ended the last Twenty20 World Cup on an unforgettable high, this year’s tournament begins on Sunday with a match for which the phrase low-key doesn’t quite cut it.

As Oman take on Papua New Guinea at the 3,000-capacity Al Amerat Stadium in Muscat the key will be positively subterranean. The first round will feature fine cricket and compelling matches, it will see dreams realised and others crushed, but it also occupies a strange hinterland between humble qualifiers and World Cup proper, and whatever happens in the intervening period by the time a new name is engraved on the trophy in Dubai on 14 November the tournament opener will surely feel vanishingly distant in time, space and sheer star quality.

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Club Connects – Upcoming Workshops

Club Connects is a Cricket Ireland initiative for cricket clubs across the island of Ireland. Clubs are at the heart of organised sport and are often the primary way people from a wide range of local communities connect ‘face-to-face’ with the sport.