Exciting way to start the ball rolling
Posted in ICC World Twenty20
Even the staunchest Ireland and Holland fans would say their teams are unlikely to be involved in the Lord's final on June 21, but the Euro pair have already laid down the benchmark for exciting finishes in the ICC World Twenty20.
The first warm-up game for the men's tournament at the famous home of cricket delivered an unexpected climax with the Irish seeing off the Dutch in a super-over eliminator after the two sides ended their stints tied, with 135 each on the board.
Tight bowling and smart fielding from Trent Johnston proved decisive. Ireland's six for one in their extra six balls didn't look enough when Bas Zuiderent cracked the first Dutch ball for a couple.
But with one wicket down, Johnston threw down the non-striker's end stumps to run out Ryan ten Doeschate, the second wicket in a super over ending the contest on the spot; a rule we may all need to get used to over the coming weeks.
A neat finale for a neat looking Lord's; the decent smattering of fans basking in the late afternoon sunshine loved it. It certainly has a different feel to it, and already a World Twenty20 buzz that leaves you hungry for more, warm-ups and the real thing.
There are tickets available across the board for England's opener against Holland on Friday evening, and it's hard to think of a better way to spend a few sporting hours in London at the end of this week.
With the new floodlights towering over the ground and scrolling digital ads in front of the Pavilion, new and returning visitors alike will be slightly taken aback, in a positive way, though.
The tournament branding, with the ICC's official partners as opposed to the familiar one for England and domestic matches, the musical stings (lots of Irish Rover today), the colour on-field (Irish green and Dutch orange) and in the stands (lots of Indian blue today) already mark it as a global event.
The eyes of the cricketing world are on Lord's, The Oval and Trent Bridge through to finals day - and ICC World Twenty20 is already promising to deliver.
This being ecb.co.uk, we obviously hope Paul Collingwood's England deliver too and are winning at Lord's about 6.15pm on June 21 after a super-over thriller. Now there's a thought!