Netherlands v Yorkshire, Clydesdale Bank 40, Amstelveen

Netherlands scrap past Yorkshire

July 31, 2011

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Netherlands 126 for 6 beat Yorkshire 123 by four wickets

Yorkshire's miserable Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign hit a new low in Amstelveen as they suffered an embarrassing four-wicket loss to Holland.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first in the Group A clash, the Tykes were bowled out for a paltry 123 in 39.1 overs at the VRA Ground. Adil Rashid top-scored with 43 from 59 balls, including four boundaries, while Gary Ballance weighed in with 24 before he was run out.

Only two other players for the White Rose county reached double figures, though, with skipper Andrew Gale facing 49 deliveries for his 16 runs. He was eventually the fourth batsman out with the total on just 46. Rashid did carry Yorkshire beyond three figures but his departure saw the innings subside in a hurry, the last four wickets going down for 10 runs.

Mudassar Bukhari finished as the pick of the Dutch attack, claiming 3 for 23 from his eight overs, while Shane Mott and Peter Borren claimed two wickets apiece.

The home side lost Eric Szwarczynski in the opening over of their reply, Ajmal Shahzad getting him caught behind for a first-ball duck, but Wesley Barresi (23) and Bukhari (27) put on 52 for the second wicket. There was a glimmer of hope for Yorkshire when they dismissed both batsmen in the space of six runs, while Michael Swart's departure not long after made it 77 for 4.

However Borren's breezy 34 quickly put his team back on track, the Dutch captain hitting five boundaries in his 26-ball knock. Although he fell with the finishing line in sight, becoming Shahzad's second victim with one run required, he had already done enough to secure victory for his country.

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Posted by Tim40621 on (August 1, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

I think they should play county cricket as they are at about the same level as some of the counties would be akward for Ryan ten Doschate and Alexi Kervezee though.

Posted by Daniel_Smith on (August 1, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

If the schedules of the Dutch, Irish and Scottish would allow then I'd think it would be great to have them in the County Championship. However, quite a lot of their players are still semi-professional so that would have to be addressed. An argument might be made saying that this is the purpose of the Intercontinental Cup.

All that aside, I think it would be excellent. Anything the ECB can do to help these three nations would be worthwhile.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

I am certainly all in favour of allowing all these additional teams into limited overs competitions, but I feel that the County Championship should stay just that. For counties within the compass of the ECB.

Posted by   on (August 1, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

@John Firth - unfortunately the international schedule of these countries, what with the ICC Intercontinental and one-day cups, plus particularly Ireland having an even more 'packed' schedule makes that unfortunately impossible.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

Well done to the Dutch. Would it be a sensible idea to invite them (even Ireland and Scotland too) to join the County Championship too?

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