Netherlands v Zimbabwe XI, List A match, Amstelveen July 23, 2010

Netherlands skittle Zimbabweans

Cricinfo staff

Netherlands 194 for 9 (Cooper 49, Barresi 47, Rainsford 3-39) beat Zimbabwe XI 136 (Coventry 31, Jonkman 3-18, Bukhari 3-31) by 58 runs

A resurgent Netherlands, fresh from their six-wicket trouncing of a full-strength Bangladesh side in Glasgow three days ago, have handed out similar treatment to the touring Zimbabwe XI. Grafting innings from Tom Cooper (49) and Wesley Barresi (47) carried Netherlands to 194 for 9 before Maurits Jonkman and Mudassar Bukhari combined to skittle the Zimbabweans for 136, taking three cheap wickets apiece to seal a 58-run win.

The pitch at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen played consistently slow and low during the recent World Cricket League Division One tournament, and conditions were no different today. It appeared Bas Zuiderent had erred after he opted to bat first and Netherlands slid to 48 for 3 in the 18th over, but Cooper held the top order together for the first half of the innings before he was stumped one run short of a half-century of Sean Williams' left-arm spin.

He had done well to see off challenging opening spells from Ed Rainsford and Shingi Masakadza, who removed both Netherlands openers before Nathan Waller's medium pace did for Tom de Grooth and Zuiderent.

Netherlands were tottering at 94 for 5 when Cooper departed, but Barresi and Bukhari staved off the collapse with a 33-run stand before Barresi took his side to within reach of a respectable target by adding a further 50 runs for the seventh wicket with Ruud Nijman. After he was run out with the score at 177, the Zimbabwean opening bowlers returned to pick up another wicket each and keep Netherlands to under 200.

The Zimbabweans would no doubt have been confident chasing such a small total, but Zuiderent's men will have been far more familiar with a bowler-friendly pitch and chipped steadily away at the batting line-up as three partnerships worth more than 20 were put together, but none went past Regis Chakabva and Stuart Matsikenyeri's 25 for the second wicket.

Charles Coventry did his best to inject some life into the middle order with a 37-ball 31, and when he was caught behind off Bukhari the Zimbabweans were 98 for 5 - a very similar position to that midway through the Dutch innings. But none of the lower order came to term with the conditions, Jonkman picking up the last three wickets to fall. With Williams unable to bat after injuring himself in the field, Jonkman sealed the win by disturbing Natsai Mushangwe's stumps in the 40th over.

Despite the fact that only two members of the Zimbabwe XI squad - Coventry and Craig Ervine - are recent regulars in the senior national side, every member of the team has represented their country at some level and few would have backed Netherlands to pull off a convincing win with such ease. The Zimbabweans will have to acclimatise quickly if they are to hold off what is sure to be a spirited attack from a buoyed Netherlands side when the two teams meet again for a four-day Intercontinental Cup game on Sunday.

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  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    I am with Pranav....these teams should be in tier two with Bangladesh and zimbabwe

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    The dutch are beginning to win and hopefully in a couple of years they can beat the top nations as well.

  • Andrew on July 24, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    C'mon people, lets not get ahead of ourselves! This was barely Zimbabwe's second team, with an average age of about 22. Even the senior players are noted for their inconcistency (eg: Sibanda, Matsikenyeri and Coventry) and Williams could not even bat. So you would expect the more experienced Dutch to prevail in conditions they are used to. A number of players in the Dutch team are experienced first class player originating in SA, Australia and Pakistan in any case! These Zim youngsters will have to learn but I strongly believe that our proper team would have had no difficulty in beating the Dutch. Look at our first team's recent results against WIndies, Australia, Pakistan, India and Sri lanka and you will see that we are on the rise after some years in the wilderness.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Oh geez these Zimbabweans never cease to amaze such a low total please and why do they have to play a team with 3 keepers Mutizwa , Chakabva, Coventry while Chibhabha is warming the bench please select your team wisely because this is definately pathetic!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Netherlands shud try to play in good pitches........

  • Terry on July 24, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Its time factor is definitely in. The ICC need to seriously put politics aside and increase the number of full members from 10 to 14 or 16. Cricket will never move forward and international cricket remains a class based system with the top associates being unable to move up the rankings into the top 10.

    Also, the ICC should never have allowed Zimb to send a Zimb XI, all ODI matches against Zimb XI should be counted as full matches with Holland scoring 2 ODI victories against full member countries within a week.

    ICC should stop treating Associate countries like second class citizens and give them full rights. The ICC stood up against Apartide in SA in 70s & 80s but treat associate countries the same way that Black SA's were treated ... like they are a lower class of people.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    When are we going to have a fair tier structure in the ICC? Netherlands has just beaten Bangladesh successively, and then Zimbabwe comfortably. They beat England in the WT20. We should have promotion and relegation after every four years (1 FTP cycle). Otherwise, the leading Associates have nothing to play for (Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and yes, Afghanistan) and will never get to play more than occasionally at the highest level. They can't even claim that the rights for series to these countries don't sell for much, because how much would they be getting for series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe? Bangladesh have certainly improved, but not enough.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    can t billive that zim xl have a strong batting line.. nedarland done a good work

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Separate league for Nederlands, Kenya, Bangladesh, Scotland, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe more warm ups against top XI's, more T20 for them as well....they need more intl exposure

  • Andre on July 23, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Well done again! Keep up the good work

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