Scotland v Netherlands, Intercontinental Cup August 3, 2007

Scotland pay for missed chances

Cricinfo staff

Scotland 4 for 0 (Watts 0*, Sheikh 3*) trail Netherlands 255 (de Grooth 98, Blain 5-84) by 251 runs

Dropped catches cost Scotland on the opening day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Netherlands in Aberdeen as the visitors were allowed to post 255 in bowler-friendly conditions. John Blain collected five wickets, but Tom de Grooth was dropped three times in his career-best 98.

After being put in, Netherlands were handed a solid start by de Grooth and Alex Kervezee before Paul Hoffman made the breakthrough, having Kervezee taken at second slip. Hoffman, who was a surprise omission from Scotland's Twenty20 World Championship squad, was the most economical bowler as he showed the selectors what they will be missing.

de Grooth was caught behind off Blain two runs short of a maiden first-class century after striking 13 boundaries and receiving three lives. Blain continued to mop up the lower order, but Scotland will feel they missed a chance of put even more pressure on Netherlands.