Stellar Stelling edges Netherlands home
Netherlands 205 for 9 (van Bunge 52, Stelling 39*) beat Canada 223 for 8 by 1 wicket D/L method
Netherlands sneaked past Canada by one wicket in the rain-affected fifth one-dayer at Benoni to take the ICC Tri-Series on Thursday.
Set a revised 205 from 42 overs, Netherlands made good progress thanks to a counterattacking partnership between Ryan ten Doeschate (38) and Luuk van Troost (34). And when Daan van Bunge passed fifty from 52 balls, Netherlands appeared to be cruising home before they stumbled from from 142 for 6 to 178 for 9, with Billy Stelling the last of the recognised batsmen. However, he held his nerve - crashing two fours and lofting two sixes - in his 34-ball 39 as Netherlands crept home with just two balls to spare.
Earlier Canada's innings was a stuttering affair with Ashish Bagai (23) and Abdool Samad (44) sharing a promising second-wicket stand of 52. But the innings foundered somewhat, with Tim de Leede picking up two cheap wickets, before a huge thunderstorm during the lunch interval delayed the start of Netherlands' innings, causing the intervention of Duckworth and Lewis.
The final game of the series between Canada and Bermuda will be played on Saturday.