Netherlands v Lancashire, CB40 Group A, Schiedam May 28, 2012

Netherlands top after nail-biter


Netherlands 237 for 9 (Parry 4-29) beat Lancashire 236 (Moore 77, Croft 55, Jamil 4-24, Swart 4-40) by one wicket

Netherlands took over at the top of Group A in the Clydesdale Bank 40 thanks to a nail-biting win over Lancashire in Schiedam. The last-wicket pairing of Timm van der Gugten and Ahsan Malik managed to sneak the home side to their target of 237 with just two deliveries to spare.

Stephan Myburgh (34) and Michael Swart (41) had given the Netherlands the perfect start in their run chase, sharing an opening stand of 83 inside 10 overs. There were also contributions from middle-order duo Cameron Borgas, who made 30, and wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi before Mudassar Bukhari belted a breezy 36 in the closing stages to give the Dutch renewed hope.

When he fell with nine still required, Lancashire looked to be favourites, however Van der Gugten made a run-a-ball 15 not out to finish the job off and give his side a third win in four outings in this season's competition.

Stephen Parry claimed 4 for 29 in a losing cause for previously unbeaten Lancashire, who had been bowled out for 236 earlier in the day.

Lancashire should have set their opponents a much tougher challenge after openers Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince laid the foundations by putting on 89. Moore blasted 10 fours and a six to top score with 77 from 66 balls and even when he fell in the 20th over, the visitors still seemed to be making smooth progress.

They reached 199 for 2 before suffering a dramatic collapse, losing their last eight wickets for just 27 runs once Karl Brown had departed for 41. Steven Croft (55) fought a lone hand from then on, but no other Lancashire batsman managed to make more than eight. Swart and Malik did the majority of the damage for the Dutch, claiming four wickets apiece.

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  • Andrew on May 30, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @AzyS - know where you are coming from, although I don't think quality players should be recruited just because they can't get a go in their home country. IMO Ireland & Afghanistan currently have the ability to compete with the lower ranked Test teams & have done so primarily (not completely) with native talent. @TheReverseDoosra_K - I reckon PNG are better (home grown wise) than most of the Associates you mentioned. I think they are the next "Afg".

  • Karandeep on May 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    (continued) No young Dutchman has even reached that level, forget about international level. Learn from IRE and AFG who are doing well with their own players. Even learn from GREECE, JAPAN etc. who are struggling but want to take the difficult route by developing with their own countrymen. Few yougsters like Diepeveen, van Meekeren, Heggleman, Steve de Bruin, TS Braat, M van Schieven, S Loggers have the potential to do well and some of them should be given a chance in these competitions.

  • Karandeep on May 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @AsyS,@Stargazer,@sachin - Dependence on foreign-produced players may buy you shorterm success but this will not go long. This is artificial represent of the national side. I looks more like a franchise team with few Dutchmen. Apart from the NETH born players, only Borren and Buhkari are actually playing for Netherlands and the rest are playing for themselves only. And they will leave this team if they get better cricketing oppurtunities. Then are winning, but this is giving a false implication of development of Dutch cricket. This side could not beat indigenous associate teams like IRE and AFG in the T20 Qualifiers. Their U-19 could not even qualify for the world cup QUALIFIERS. The best indigenous Dutch batsman that Netherland has produced is KJ van Noortwijk. And I see no one surpassing him (don't tell me about ten Doeschate or Kervezee, they are Afrikaans not Dutch) even after 8 years after his retirement. Who will become the next van Noortwijk, De Leede, Kloppenburg?

  • Michael on May 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    A bit of an embarrassment for Lancashire: seven games without a win in defence of their county championship, and now this. Also not a good couple of days for their new signing Shahzad. However, the Netherlands are certainly showing they are no mugs in this competition. I'm reminded of the fact that England lost to the Netherlands in the first game of the world twenty20 cup in 2009, but the following year won the competition in the Carribbean. Perhaps Lancashire can hope that this will be the start of a similar turn-around!

  • Sachin on May 29, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Netherlands XI: Myburgh (SA), Swart(Aus), Cooper (Aus), Borgas (Aus), Borren (NZ), Barresi (SA), Bukhari (Pakistan), Gugten (Aus) and only 3 born in NTH are Seelar, Malik and Gruijters. But i still think all the associate members should follow this system and try to develop the game in your own country after some years of succes new generation of assoiate nation will follow this hereos and may be one day cricket willl ebcome global game. I still Think every associate team should try to get 12-15 members of playing country for that to happen bring doen the rules that so and so player should leave for this much years at least make one year but player who will try to take advantage of this will sign the bond before working if they want to leave they may pay so and so money for breaching the rules and will not play any national side minimum of 4 years.

  • Andrew on May 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @Cricstargazer - my comment was based on the previous comment that indicated they were close to Ireland. Which I think is well shy of the mark. I do 100% agree that what the ECB has done is great for growing the game. I am fairly sure that 3 of the 4 Ozzys that played can still play for Netherlands in ODIs.

  • Henry on May 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @Meety - Anyone of the "Dutch" players would happily play for a county and get a county contract. Counties have failed to sign them, all could play as a non-overseas player (except the overseas player Borgas).

  • A on May 29, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    @Meety.. yup im aware of the ozzys mate but i feel that its fair that they get these players to learn and also compete better.. soo many players like brad hodge do not get a permanent place coz of some great players so these kind of players should go over to the associates and make cricket a truly global sport.. honestly having only 10 test nations is simply boring and its just coz of the money-minded admins of the ICC AND BCCI.. it will be exciting to have 2 tier system where ireland scots holland, uae, namibia afghans canadians and kenyans can compete..

  • Mark on May 29, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Meety, it is still raising standards overall: they can only play their nationals in ODIs, but sucess will breed the expectation of success and raise the profile of the game. I bet that teams are going to take the Dutch more seriously in future. Who would have thought that at this stage of the CB40 a team like Middlesex would be all but eliminated, but the Dutch would top their group?

  • Andrew on May 29, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @Ayzs - there are 4 Ozzys in the team atm!

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