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Van der Merwe stars as Netherlands clinch seventh place

Netherlands189 for 9 (De Leede 39, Kami 4-24) beat Nepal 144 (Kami 36, Van der Merwe 4-20) by 45 runs

Roelof van der Merwe's 4 for 20 and 25 with the bat trumped Sompal Kami's 4 for 24 and 36 - the second-highest score in a low-scorer - and helped Netherlands defend 189 and clinch the seventh place in the World Cup qualifier.

Van der Merwe's effort took his wickets tally to 16 - the most by a bowler in List A games in the tournament. Seventeen-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane - fourth on the list with 13 wickets - took two wickets in the match and made a stubborn 14 not out off 38 balls but it could not stop Netherlands from sealing their first win of the tournament.

After opting to bat first, Netherlands had slumped to 48 for 4 in 14 overs, Kami accounting for three of those wickets. Bas de Leede top-scored with 39 off 91 balls and found support from van der Merwe and wicketkeeper-batsman Scott Edwards, who made 25 runs each. When de Leede became Kami's fourth victim, Netherlands were 144 for 8 in 42.1 overs, but Pieter Seelaar and Shane Snater ensured their side not only batted 50 overs but also posted 189, which proved more than enough in the end.

In reply, Nepal's top order also fell away quickly, leaving the middle order to do much of the heavy lifting. Captain Paras Khadka and 18-year-old Dipendra Singh Airee, who was central to Nepal gaining ODI status for the first time, came together at 33 for 2 and added 18 for the third wicket before van der Merwe removed Khadka for 22. When Seelaar had Airee lbw for 25, Nepal were 74 for 6.

Kami then gave his team hope with 36 off 53 balls, including three fours and six. Karan KC and Lamichhane provided support but seamer Fred Klaassen turned the game in Netherlands' favour when he had Kami holing out in the 38th over. Lamichhane and No. 11 Lalit Rajbanshi lasted seven overs before Timm van der Gugten applied the finishing touches and consigned Nepal to eighth place.

Nepal 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st11G MallaAK Sah
2nd22P KhadkaAK Sah
3rd18P KhadkaDS Airee
4th9Aarif SheikhDS Airee
5th1DS AireeRK Paudel
6th13Sompal KamiDS Airee
7th2SP GauchanSompal Kami
8th31Sompal KamiKaran KC
9th20Sompal KamiS Lamichhane
10th17LN RajbanshiS Lamichhane

ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (ICC Trophy)

Super Sixes
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI54180.472
AFG53260.302
ZIM52250.420
SCOT52250.243
IRE52340.346
UAE5142-1.950
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI44081.171
IRE43161.479
UAE4224-1.177
NL4132-0.709
PNG4040-0.865
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
ZIM43071.035
SCOT43070.855
AFG41320.038
NEPAL4132-0.893
HKG4132-1.121