Scotland v Netherlands, ICC Intercontinantal Cup, Aberdeen June 20, 2011

Netherlands will be a challenge - Steindl

ESPNcricinfo staff

Last year's Intercontinental Cup runners-up Scotland will be hoping to go one better this time, as they begin their campaign in the opening game of the 2011-13 season of the tournament against Netherlands on Tuesday in Aberdeen.

"We're looking forward to it," Peter Steindl, Scotland's head coach said. "It's our first international since the final last year and we're looking to hit the ground running. We've been involved in the English county 40-over competition and so it will be a switch but we're looking forward to the challenge.

"It's going to be a tough game with the Netherlands putting up a strong squad and few new faces who haven't previously played for the side in this format. They've got some depth and experience there which will be a real challenge for us but we're looking forward to it."

Scotland will be boosted by the return of Durham batsman Kyle Coetzer, who has five ODI caps to his name, and brings some experience to the middle order.

Meanwhile, Netherlands have an almost full-strength squad available for selection, though allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate misses out, due to county commitments. Captain Peter Borren said he expected the conditions to suit his team. "[Neil] Kruger and [Michael] Swart are experienced cricketers who will add to our batting line-up having been performing well for us in the English 40-over competition that we participate in," he said.

"We've also got a young bowler in Ashan Malik who is an exciting prospect and hopefully when bowling long spells with the Kookaburra ball will get some good swing and perform well.

"I'm not concerned about our batting at all. It's a strong line-up and although we have a young bowling attack, I think the conditions will suit us," Borren said. "I think we've a team that is good - a bit more of an experienced team than our previous outings in this event, particularly with the batting line up, so hopefully we can get the points."

Netherlands last played international cricket in the 2011 World Cup, in which they failed to win a single game. They finished sixth in last season's Intercontinental Cup, losing five of their six games, with one draw.

Scotland squad: Gordon Drummond (capt), Fraser Watts, Preston Mommsen, Alasdair Evans, Kyle Coetzer, Ryan Flannigan, Neil McCallum, Simon Smith (w/k), Gordon Goudie, Calum MacLeod, Majid Haq, Richie Berrington

Netherlands squad: Peter Borren (c), Wesley Barresi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari , Tom Cooper, Tom Whol, Tom Heggelman, Neil Kruger, Matthijs Luten, Ahsan Malik, Peter Seelaar , Eric Szwarczynski , Michael Swart, Berend Westdijk

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  • Andrew on June 22, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    @Blake Houston - I was interested to see if Mott was qualifying for the Netherlands but appears not to be. Without ten doeschete, they look a bit weak in their bowling. Cooper will kick some butt though! @sumeetpaul - I'm leaning to Scotland, they're a bit more experienced. As far as the strongest teams - its a showdown between Ireland & Afghanistan for my mind. I also think Namibia will be tough to beat - they were unlucky not to be in this tournament last year. @J singh Gill - agreed, I'll be keeping an eye on it too!

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    The thing for netherlands is that there is no ryan ten doeschate, who is their main batsman and also very good bowler for them. The batting looks thin without him, but they can still win.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT


    I really believe that the dutch will win this easily. But hopefully it's a good game and the rain holds off

  • sumeet on June 21, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I think the Intercontinetal cup is going to be a popular show this time around! I will be folloeing all the matches of Canada and Ireland and I wish luck to other teams too. Its time for the associates to put up a gud show and show the cricket world, what they are capable of...

    I am in Canada, so i'll follow Canada, but Ireland and Netherlands look the strongest. I feel bad for netherlands though as doeschate is not playing...

    Gud luck scotts and dutch!!

    My bet is on the Dutch for this match!

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    The IC Cup with 8 teams will be an exciting one. With great publicity for Associates due to performances by Ireland, Neth and Canada in the world cup, I hope this tournament gets more publicity in the media. I will be following it

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