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December 3, 2006
In the final match of the ICC Tri-Series Bermuda regained some pride with a resounding six-wicket win over Netherlands - the series winners - at Benoni on Saturday.
The Netherlands innings never got going with wickets falling regularly; at one stage they lost 4 for 2 in three overs, and three of their middle order registered ducks. It was a disappointing final performance from Netherlands whose shot selection left a lot to be desired. It began with Bas Zuiderent's skied shot to Steffan Kelly and ended with Muhammad Kashif's drive to Kevin Hurdle at mid on as Bermuda dismissed them for 91 in just 27 overs. Saleem Mukuddem was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 40 from his ten overs, deservedly picking up the Man-of-the-Match award.
However, all was not lost for Netherlands who removed both Bermuda openers cheaply and, when Tim de Leede dismissed Steven Outerbridge for 11, Bermuda were struggling on 24 for 3. But David Hemp (36*) and Irvine Romaine steadied the ship with Hemp clobbering six fours and a six in a whirlwind knock lasting just 18 balls as Bermuda raced home in the 17th over.
After Mukuddem received the Man-of-the-Match award, Netherlands's captain Luuk van Troost was presented with the series trophy. He thanked "all those who made this series possible" and added that "it helps a lot" in the development of Associates cricket and the build-up to next year's World Cup.
Canada and the Netherlands meet in the final match of their group in the ICC Intercontinental Cup which begins on December.
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