Netherlands v Zimbabwe XI, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Amstelveen, 2nd day July 26, 2010

Lead nears 200 as Zimbabwe take charge

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe XI 298 and 79 for 2 (Matsikenyeri 44*) lead Netherlands 186 (Barresi 81, Mushangwe 3-47) by 191 runs

Zimbabwe tightened their grip on the match after their bowlers rolled over Netherlands for 186 on the second day in Amstelveen. Opener Stuart Matsikenyeri then made an unbeaten 44 to extend Zimbabwe's lead close to 200 by stumps.

Netherlands could have been in an even worse position had it not been for wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi's patient 81. He rescued the home side from a precarious 94 for 8 with the help of No. 10 Pieter Seelaar, who finished on an unbeaten 40. The pair added 91 for the ninth wicket, with both going on to their highest first-class scores.

Besides Barresi, the only batsman in the top nine to reach double digits was Ruud Nijman (23). The wickets were shared around by the Zimbabwean bowlers, with Matsai Mushangwe taking three and the trio of Ed Rainsford, Timycen Maruma and Nathan Waller picking two each.

In the second innings, Zimbabwe slumped to 48 for 2, before Matsikenyeri and captain Vusi Sibanda safely negotiated the final eight overs to keep the visitors in charge of the match.