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Stirling show seals series as Dutch dumped

Ireland's cricketers clinched a 2-0 series victory with a convincing nine-wicket win over Holland in their second and final ODI at Clontarf yesterday as Paul Stirling starred with the bat.

Stirling celebrated his nomination in two categories for this year's ICC awards with a trademark, quick-fire half-century.

Stirling scored 62 from just 36 balls with 11 boundaries -- five of them maximums -- as Ireland passed the Dutch's paltry total of 125 in the 21st over. He was in the middle for just 11 overs, and was out with the total on 85, serving up an innings which can only enhance his chances of an award at the glittering ceremony in Bangalore in October.

Stirling is in the long-list of nominations for the Emerging Player of the Year -- alongside Eoin Morgan -- and is in contention for the Associate Player of the Year.

Off-spinner Adeel Raja bore the brunt of his hitting, conceding 26 in his only over, his first three balls and the last disappearing for sixes.

The 19-year-old lost three balls in his innings and not for the first time on this tour, the Dutch were begging for mercy.

It came when Maruits Jonkman trapped Stirling leg before on the back foot and with slow left-armer Peter Seelaar also gaining a measure of control, Gary Wilson and Alex Cusack took another nine overs to score the remaining 41 runs to complete victory.

Wilson, the century-maker in the first game on Monday, finished 48 not out with six fours and a six.

The Ireland bowlers also did much as they pleased against a desperately disappointing Dutch batting line-up. Trent Johnston took a wicket with his second ball, and another with the first ball of his third over but it was a spell of three wickets in six balls which reduced the visitors to quivering wrecks.

Nigel Jones took two wickets in his first over and John Mooney followed up with the big wicket of Tom Cooper, caught behind for 25 in his first.

Peter Seelaar again held up the Irish from No8 but for the last two wickets, it was a case of the tail trying to bat out the overs. They used up 13 but still failed by 16 balls. The rest of the day, between the showers, was the Paul Stirling show.