18 Apr 2009

Canada, Kenya and Netherlands join Ireland at World Cup

7:19 am on 18 April 2009

Canada, Ireland, Kenya and Netherlands will represent the minnows of cricket at the 2011 World Cup after a thrilling climax to the qualifiers.

Ireland and Canada occupied the top two places on the final Cricket World Cup Qualifier Super 8 standings despite losing their final mini-league games while Kenya and Netherlands triumphed to snatch the other top-four slots.

Kenya upset Ireland by six wickets in Pretoria while Netherlands won by a similar margin against erratic Canada in Johannesburg.

The Irish clinched their place midweek, leaving the other seven survivors fighting for three places at the quadrennial showcase of international one-day cricket.

There was some consolation for fairytale contenders Afghanistan as they came sixth behind Scotland, giving both ODI status for the next four years and automatic entry to the 2009-2010 Intercontinental Cup.