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Netherlands’ preparations for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers got underway with a 23-run defeat against Hampshire in Cape Town.
Hampshire recovered from 147 for 6 to post 225 for 8 in their 50 overs, Chris Benham’s 78 not out, which included three sixes, leading the fightback.
Netherlands started well, and at 95 for 2 in the 19th over appeared well set. But two quick wickets stalled the momentum and from then on in they were always behind the required rate.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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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.