July 16, 2008

France

France upset Netherlands

Martin Williamson

France finished their short tour of Holland with an encouraging six-wicket win over a Netherlands side containing three players who recently took part in the Intercontinental Cup.

In the first game, shortened to 35-overs a side because of rain, Netherlands A won by 20 runs after posting 158 for 8. But the result meant they strengthened their side for the second match

After a steady but slow start Netherlands were 112 for 0 after 30 overs. France came back through Jon Houghton (3 for 49) and Tahir Mohammed (4 for 23, including three wickets in an over) and Netherlands were bowled out for 178 with four overs to go.

A couple of steady partnerships and a solid 62 from opener Arun Ayyavooraju, aided by some lusty blows from Shahid Malik (35) and captain Waseem Bhatti (32*), saw France home with 10 overs to spare.

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Posted by tazzmiesta on (July 23, 2008, 9:23 GMT)

i totally disagree with vikram! They're doing bad simply because they've lost ryan ten doeschate,their star player who averages over 50 in both one day internationals as well as first class cricket because he's playing for essex and alexei kervezee who only 18 and is very talented and he's playing for worcestershire.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (July 22, 2008, 13:30 GMT)

It seems that the standard of Dutch cricket is going down. Netherlands was one of the 3 associates to play the 1996 World Cup. In 1985, the Dutch lost to Zimbabwe in the Final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier. This helped Zimbabwe qualify for the 1987 World Cup. For 2007 World Cup, 5 associate nations were to be given a berth and Netherlands managed to get the last position. Their performance in the World Cup too was pathetic. The Team looked like a bunch of school boys. A few weeks ago, the Netherlands team had to face a defeat against Denmark and now the French team managed to beat the Netherlands-A side.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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