Ireland, Netherlands hope for resumption in Malahide

Laura Delany (extreme right), captain of Ireland and Heather Siegers (2nd from right), Netherlands skipper at the toss. © Cricket Ireland/Twitter

The weather in Dublin must be one of the most Googled things, especially for cricket lovers in the area. Ireland and Netherlands battle had to hit a reasonably long pause because of inclement weather. The second T20I, originally scheduled for Tuesday (July 27) had to be pushed to the reserve day on Wednesday due to rain. However, another wet day in Malahide meant that teams haven’t got enough match-time in the series yet.

If a team had to have more time on the field, it had to be Netherlands. They last played in the T20 World Cup Qualifier in September 2019 before the first T20I. But the match on Monday would have given them confidence, especially with the way they performed with the ball at the start and the way Miranda Veringmeier batted.

The third T20I on Thursday hopefully will allow them to have another go at levelling the series, that is essentially of just three games now. There are chances of precipitation but lesser than what it was on Tuesday.

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Ireland, meanwhile, would want to have another go at the tourists to iron out the chinks in their armour, ahead of the qualifiers next month. The series against Scotland and the Super Series as well have kept the players in action quite regularly.

Will the rain gods relent and let the two associate teams play, though?

Squads

Ireland: Laura Delany (c), Ava Canning, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Sophie MacMahon, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron

Netherlands: Heather Siegers (c), Babette de Leede (vc), Annemijn van Beuge, Annemijn Thomson, Eva Lynch, Frederique Overdijk, Hannah Landheer, Iris Zwilling, Isabel van der Woning, Julia Corder, Juliet Post, Miranda Veringmeier, Robine Rijke, Silver Siegers