Canada v Netherlands, WCL Championship, King City August 29, 2013

Van der Gugten, Seelaar snuff out Canada's challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Netherlands 70 for 1 (Myburgh 52*) beat Canada 67 (Daesrath 31, van der Gugten 5-24, Seelaar 4-15) by nine wickets

Netherlands bettered their chances of direct entry into the 2015 World Cup with a thumping nine-wicket win over Canada in the second WCL match between the two teams. The first game on Tuesday was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Netherlands bowlers' particularly pacer Timm van der Gugten and left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar, fashioned the win with some attacking bowling after their side chose to field first.

Gugten, who opened the bowling had immediate success, as the ball sneaked between bat and pad to bowl Hiral Patel off the second ball of the match. Two balls later, he had another wicket, as Nitish Kumar edged the ball to wicketkeeper Wesley Barressi.

Four overs later, Gugten produced another double-wicket over, dismissing the in-form opener Ruvindu Gunasekera and Raza-ur-Rehman in the space of three balls. Mudassar Bukhari followed that up in the next over with the wicket of Jimmy Hansra. Canada's captain, Ashish Bagai was out in the next over for 3 off 16 balls, van der Gugten's first four overs had yielded 5 for 9 and Canada were in complete disarray at 10 for 6.

A stubborn 34-run stand for the seventh-wicket, led by Damodar Daesrath brought brief respite to the batting side's miseries. But it was the introduction of left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar that snuffed out any hopes that Canada may have had of a recovery. Brought into the attack in the17th over, Seealaar started off with a maiden, but struck in the next over, dismissing Junaid Siddiqui and Kenneth Kamyuka. Daesrath tried to play a few attacking shots in order to add as many runs to Canada's total but was eventually out for a stoic 55-ball 31, as the side folded for only 67.

Opener Stephan Myburgh then smashed an unbeaten 52 off 33 balls as Netherlands crossed the target in a little over 10 overs for the loss of only one wicket. Myburgh's innings included six fours and two sixes, including one off a sweep shot that brought up the winning runs.

Netherlands have been playing under protest after the chairman of the Royal Dutch Cricket Association Jacques Mulder signed a complaint over the condition of the field at King City. Rain postponed their match against Canada on Tuesday, but further inclement weather forced it to be called off, depriving Netherlands of the opportunity to qualify directly to the World Cup 2015. "The field is insufficiently prepared for international cricket. On a good field we could have begun [the game] much earlier after the rain." Mulder said. "The Canadian Board has not acted according to regulations. We are being fooled."

Netherlands must now await the results of the matches between Scotland and Ireland in September and Afghanistan and Kenya in October. If Netherlands fail to progress directly, they will have to compete in a qualifying tournament in January for another shot at participating in the World Cup.

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  • Stephen on September 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    I was going to say I felt a little sorry as automatic qualification has been taken out of the Netherlands hands thanks to the abandonment of the first game against Canada, but then I checked, much earlier in the tournament and to be fair Afghanistan and Scotland (who are the only teams that can reach more points than them) both have had one abandonment too, it's just it happening in the last round of matches will feel hard on the Netherlands.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Saying Tuesday's game was abandoned due to heavy rain implies that it was actually raining at the time. The sun was out both days. The problem wasn't the rain, it's that the soil at King City is clay and their drainage system has been buggered for five years. Both results were entirely determined by the appalling facilities. The first was abandoned and the second was won at the toss, as even the Dutch players have pointed out.

    Also it's Jaques Mulders - with an "s".

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Afghanistan has a good chance to qualify directly to the world cup of 2015 , but they should not take Kenya lightly as Kenya did upset some teams in the past ! All the best Afghans ! The victory will be ours INSHALLAH !

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Netherlands are now standing on 18 points. where they have deprived UAE's direct qualification chances due to their net run rate. I am pretty sure Scotland on 15 points can't beat Ireland in both of WCL matches, so they are deprived of the direct qualification as well.

    The only team Afghanistan on 15 points now facing Kenya has a very strong chance of direct qualification...their consecutive success and whitewashing the series against Scotland and Namibia also facing Kenya in Afghanistan's home ground UAE indicates Afghanistan will Inshallah win both of the WCL matches against Kenya and will earn the honor of direct qualification to World Cup 2015.

    impatiently waiting for the upcoming matches... and praying to Allah for the success of Afghanistan.

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