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Ireland secure World Cup berth

Ireland sealed qualification for the 2015 World Cup with a dramatic tie against the Netherlands in Amstelveen.

John Mooney saw his final ball, a slow long-hop, swatted over the midwicket rope by Michael Rippon to ensure the Netherlands drew level with Ireland's 268 for five.

It mattered not, though, as Ireland grabbed the point they needed to ensure their place in Australia and New Zealand at a third successive 50-over showpiece.

Ed Joyce's unbeaten 96, along with 49 and 50 respectively from opener Paul Stirling and Niall O’Brien, paved the way for Ireland to post a testing target but the Dutch, second in the qualification table, remained up with the rate until a late flurry of wickets. Kevin O'Brien's 3-52 included the prized scalp of Tom Cooper for 38.

Mooney then looked set to be the match-winner when the first three balls of his final over were dots and Edgar Schiferli was run out attempting to steal a single.

But after Mooney's penultimate ball was lofted to the mid-off rope he produced a slow bouncer that Rippon dispatched to secure a tie that boosted the Netherlands' own qualification bid.

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