Ireland qualify for 2015 World Cup

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Ireland have become the first associate nation to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia, after thrilling tie against the Netherlands in Amstelveen.

They almost lost from an unlikely position, with 13 runs needed off the last over, with one wicket remaining, and Michael Rippon managed to hit a six off the last ball to take his team to 268 for nine and share the spoils, but that did not prevent Ireland from qualifying for the tournament for a third successive occasion.

The excitement started when tom Hooper was ousted in the 48th over, leaving the Dutch with 16 to score off the final two overs, before only two runs were scored and two wickets fell in the penultimate over.

Earlier, an unbeaten 96 from England batsmen Ed Joyce and he was assisted by another solid contribution from Niall O'Brien, who added 50, to help the visitors to a score of 268 for five. 

The Irish have previously won a lot of fans among neutrals for their successes in the one day game's pinnacle competition, as they reached the Super 8s stage of the competition after beating Pakistan in 2007, and also managed an incredible victory over England at the 2011 World Cup in India.

Netherlands, Scotland and Afghanistan are all in contention to take the second qualification spot.


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