Netherlands v Bermuda, Amstelveen, 2nd day August 13, 2007

de Grooth ton boosts Netherlands

Cricinfo staff at Amstelveen

Bermuda 183 and 51 for 3 trail Netherlands 410 (de Grooth 196) by 176 runs

Bermuda are staring a three-day defeat in the face following another abject performance in the Intercontinental Cup at Amstelveen. Netherlands racked up 410 and then reduced them to 51 for 3 by stumps, still 176 in arrears.

Tom de Grooth moved on from his overnight 70 but could not make a double-century, falling for 196. Still, he will be content with doubling his previous first-class best of 98 in his tenth first-class match. Alexei Kervezee, however, could not add to his 69, but their opening stand was worth 155.

He then watched his colleagues pass the 400-mark, although de Grooth's was the only sizeable contribution. Nevertheless, there were two fifty-run stands.

It's been a miserable match for Bermuda, but none more so than for the opener Steven Outerbridge. He made a pair - adding a golden duck (the first ball of the innings) to his three-ball effort first up; this time he was lbw to Edgar Schiferli.

Netherlands used very attacking fields, which paid dividends when Dwight Basden was caught at third slip for 8. James Celestine, though, had a let-off on 4 when dropped by third slip, and he had eased into double figures by stumps, but not before Jekon Edness became Schiferli's second victim.