Netherlands Women’s battle against history
Ireland Women to win
It was disappointing to see the 2nd game of the 4-match series between Ireland Women and Netherlands Women washed away due to rain. The game which had already been reschedule was victim to the weather. The hosts had taken an early lead in the series winning the first game. Netherlands Women have their last chance of levelling the series and they are expected to put their best efforts together.
Netherlands Women have lost all the eight games they have played so far against Ireland Women, and this is a huge mental obstacle for them to overcome. It will be interesting to see if they are able to win their first game against the strong Irish side and level the series setting up a decider in the last game.
Laura Delany’s side had made a promising start to the series winning the first game comfortably by 28 runs. They batted well in the game to set up a big score and defended it successfully. Delany would be aware of the kind of pressure in the opposition camp and shall look to exploit it to her advantage.
Openers Rebecca Stokel and Gaby Lewis need to provide a strong start as they missed out in the first game. Delany played a brilliant known and shall look to stitch partnerships with Shauna Kavanagh and Eimear Richardson. In Lara Maritz and Orla Prendergast, they have good finishers to follow.
Ava Canning and Orla Prendergast bowled tight lines in the last game, and they’d look to grab early wickets. Sophie MacMahon and Celeste Raack were expensive in the last game, and they have to bowl tighter lines here. In Eimear Richardson, Delany, Lara Maritz and Leah Paul the side has good variety in its attack.
Laura Delany (c), Rebecca Stokell, Gaby Lewis, Shauna Kavanagh (wk), Orla Prendergast, Lara Maritz, Leah Paul, Celeste Raack, Ava Canning, Sophie MacMahon, Eimear Richardson
Eimear Richardson, Leah Paul, Gaby Lewis, Ava Canning, Orla Prendergast, Sophie MacMahon, Rebecca Stokell, Laura Delany, Shauna Kavanagh, Lara Maritz, Mary Waldron
Heather Siegers has a big challenge on her hands as she goes into this game. They had done well with the bat in the first game but threw away the initiative. With the series at stake here the Dutch skipper would want her girls to put up a stiff challenge in this game and win it.
Frederique Overdijk and Siegers got their starts in the last game, and they have to concert them into big scores. Same was the case with the middle order where Babette de Leede, Miranda Veringmeier and Robine Rijke didn’t finish things off and have to put up better performances here. The side would also look for a good show from Eva Lynch and Iris Zwilling.
Their bowlers struggled in the last game and the side would expect a good show from Iris Zwilling and Isabel van der Woning with the new ball as they leaked runs in the last game. They have good variety in the attack with Siegers, Lynch and Frederique Overdijk in the side and have to make a strong comeback in this series.
Heather Siegers (c), Babette de Leede (wk), Annemijn van Beuge, Eva Lynch, Frederique Overdijk, Iris Zwilling, Isabel van der Woning, Juliet Post, Miranda Veringmeier, Robine Rijke, Silver Siegers
Robine Rijke, Eva Lynch, Silver Siegers, Heather Siegers, Juliet Post, Hannah Landheer, Babette De Leede, Isabel Van Der Woning, Iris Zwilling, Miranda Veringmeier, Frederique Overdijk
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0 mm.||3.79 k/h||From: W||1%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||2.23 k/h||From: WSW||24%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||1.85 k/h||From: WSW||46%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||1.6 k/h||From: SW||11%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||1.47 k/h||From: SW||49%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: WSW||82%|
|18h||30||0 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: WSW||76%|
|21h||35||0 mm.||3.62 k/h||From: WSW||6%|
There is forecast for rain in Dublin on July 26 and batting conditions are expected to be extremely tough here. Batters would have to focus on accumulating runs on this surface instead of trying to heat their way out. The side that bats first here would be happy with a score in excess of 140 runs.
The Village, Dublin is a small ground, and the square boundaries are short. Fast bowlers have done well on this surface with the new ball moving in the air. Batters who focus on accumulating runs have done well on this surface. The pitch doesn’t offer much of turn to the spinners and they have to use their variations well.
The weather is expected to be bad and under such conditions the side chasing the score always has an advantage. There is early assistance for the bowlers on this track and hence the side winning the toss should have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Netherlands Women would be under pressure heading into this game. They have an extremely poor record against the hosts and in the last game too lost the mental battle toward the end of the game. Ireland Women have a strong batting line-up and good knowledge of the conditions and this put them ahead of the Dutch women in this game.
Ireland Women to win