Netherlands beaten by Hampshire
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 Africa