Worcestershire v Netherlands, CB40 Group A, Kidderminster May 7, 2012

Netherlands secure second victory

Netherlands 139 for 1 (Myburgh 74*, Borgas 55*) beat Worcestershire by nine wickets (D/L method)

A hard-hitting 74 by Stephan Myburgh helped blast Netherlands to a nine-wicket win under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-ravaged Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire at Kidderminster.

Opener Myburgh smacked four sixes and seven fours to power his side to a revised victory target of 139 off 19 overs with 13 balls to spare.

In a Group A clash which was switched to Kidderminster because of flooding at New Road, on-song Myburgh was Netherlands' hero for the second successive match. The previous day he hammered 77 when they won a thriller by one run against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

He confidently took centre stage for a second time after Vikram Solanki had top-scored with 63 for Worcestershire in a game that began as a 27 overs-a-side affair. Solanki's knock enabled the Royals to score 172 for 4, but further rain reduced Netherlands' target to 139 off 19 overs.

It was a target the visitors safely reached thanks to Myburgh and Cameron Borgas, who was unbeaten on 55 which contained three sixes and five fours. They put on an unbroken 132 which spanned 14 overs.

Play finally got under way at 3.45pm in front of a sparse crowd with Worcestershire, having been put in, soon losing Moeen Ali when he offered a high two handed catch to Tim Gruijters at mid-on off paceman Mudassar Bukari, who finished with 3 for 29.

Michael Klinger only lasted for nine balls before he moved up to a Tommy Heggelman ball and was comfortably caught at mid-off by Tom Cooper. It reduced Worcestershire to 32 for 2 in the eighth over and left Solanki and James Cameron to lift their side past the 50 mark in the 12th over.

The darker rain clouds began to gather again, however, as both batsmen battled to keep the scoreboard ticking along. But despite the steady drizzle they went on to complete a well earned half-century partnership in 10 overs before taking Worcestershire into three figures in 20 overs.

Solanki completed his 50, containing one six and two fours, off 69 balls before Cameron, attempting to force the pace, was snapped up at deep mid-wicket by Heggelman off Bukarhi for 38. He had put on 78 in 15 overs with Solanki, who was joined by his skipper Daryl Mitchell who rapidly moved on to 20 before being put down by Heggelman at deep cover.

He capitalised by adding 41 in 23 balls with Solanki, who was finally caught on the boundary by Michael Swart off Bukhari after hitting one six and four fours off 80 balls. Mitchell ended unbeaten on 31 off 15 deliveries.

After a delay because of further rain, Holland launched their reply in far from ideal conditions and soon lost Michael Swart to seamer Jack Shantry. A heavier downpour soon forced the players to head for shelter before the visitors initial revised target of 152 off 22 overs changed for the final time following the loss of three overs.

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  • Michael on May 8, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    well that makes a change from the Aussies being bolstered by the Dutch, like they were at Brisbane in 1990 when they needed specialist Dutch gully fielder Peter Cantrell to take catches as a substitute fielder against England.

  • deepak on May 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Yes Swart, Cooper are overseas bred players, but except these 2 and Borgas (official overseas signing), every one else has been playing for a local dutch club team for some time now. Borren (NZ Origin) has been plying his trade with VRA fr a while, Myburgh has spent 4 seasons now in NL HCC club, Baressi too is a regular local club representer. Bukhari is an out and out NL broughtup player (Born in Pak but learnt his cricket in NL with ACC), Seelar, heggelman, Gruijters are all dutch produced players, having represented NL in age group tourneys as well. Van Gugten is NSW bred yes. Also I do agree with NL selectors thinking on having as many as 4 overseas bred players, since its better to use a few overseas pros and win crucial matches to manage NLs participation in TIER 1 of Associate levels and their by get crucial ICC funding.

  • Randolph on May 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    It is worrying that the weak county sides are getting beat by minnows. I suppose the Netherlands is bolstered by Aussies though.

  • Karandeep on May 8, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    They are winning but with the help of cricket tourists rather than homegrown talent. Only three true Dutchmen playing, although Borgas is an overseas player for just CB40. Feeling sad for them from what the team composition has become from last 10 years.

  • niyas on May 7, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Hope Netherlands and Scotland continue their fight through out the series. It is nice to see the associates in england domestic..

  • John on May 7, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael - Are you of Dutch origin yourself - Just going by your name?

  • Michael on May 7, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Very good start by both Associate teams in this year's pro-40. I wonder if the Netherlands in particular can mount a major challenge this year? Two victories away from home certainly represents a good long weekend for them.

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