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Irish cricket: Ireland edge out Netherlands in T20 World Cup warm-up game

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It was left to Adair, ably assisted by Gareth Delany, to put together what eventually turned out to be a match-winning partnership of 66 for the seventh wicket. Both were out in the final over but helped Ireland reach 150.

The Dutch reply started steadily with Max O’Dowd and Michael Levitt putting on 39 before Curtis Campher removed Levitt for 19.

O’Dowd went on to make 33 before Campher got his second wicket.

Fionn Hand then produced a devastating spell of 3-18 in his four overs to halt the impetus in the Dutch innings.

At 109-7 and needing 42 from just 22 balls, the game looked over.

Pringle had other ideas and launched a mighty assault in the closing overs. Needing 20 from the final six balls he had reduced that to three from the final delivery but Adair kept him at bay, allowing only a single in a nervous finish.

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