Netherlands v Essex, CB40 Group A, Schiedam May 29, 2012

Van der Gugten wickets set up win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands 113 for 5 beat Essex 112 (van der Gugten 3-29) by five wickets

Holland continued their impressive start to the Clydesdale Bank 40 season with a five-wicket victory over Essex in Rotterdam. After a narrow win over Lancashire on Monday, Holland picked up their fourth victory of the fledgling 40-over tournament as rain delays reduced play to 36 overs a side.

Timm van der Gugten set the tone for the hosts by dismissing Mark Pettini and Owais Shah in the opening three balls of the day. Alviro Petersen followed shortly afterwards as Van der Gugten claimed a third victim.

Tom Westley (32) and Graham Napier (27) were the only Essex batsmen to record decent scores before Ahsan Malik removed both. The wickets of Tim Phillips and Charl Willoughby sandwiched Napier's as the visitors were bowled out for 112 in the 34th over.

Michael Swart followed up his 41 runs against Lancashire with a match-winning 40 before finally being bowled by Phillips. Tom Cooper (22) also fell to Phillips after opener Stephan Myburgh had been caught off the bowling of Napier in the second over.

Mudassar Bukhari could not find the winning runs as he was dismissed with the scores level. But the victory was soon confirmed as Napier delivered a wide with the second ball of the 23rd over to gift Holland victory with 83 balls remaining, to leave Essex still searching for a win in Group A.

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  • Michael on May 30, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Actually this report concerns Essex, not England, losing to the Netherlands. The last time England lost to the Netherlands was in the world twenty20 cup in 2009. A couple of months after that England won another cricketing trophy, sometimes referred to as "the Ashes", and have not relinquished their hold on that trophy since. A few months later they also won said world twenty20 cup in the Carribbean. In each case they won those trophies by beating the same opponent, which would suggest that said opponent ought to be a bit more concerned about the depth of its talent. I wish the Netherlands luck and hope they can to continue to progress in this competition.

  • Randolph on May 30, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Oh boy the talent is thin in England. Losing to the Netherlands - LOL!

  • Sam on May 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    The photo seems to be that of van der gugten in NSW colors. Isnt there any photo of him bowling today??

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