Namibia v Netherlands, ICC WCL Championship, Windhoek April 18, 2013

Netherlands' last pair sneaks one wicket win

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Netherlands 240 for 9 (van Bunge 60, Barresi 58) beat Namibia 236 for 5 (van Schoor 93*) by 1 wicket

Netherlands' last men hung on to secure a one-wicket victory over Namibia in Windhoek. Chasing 237, Netherlands were 22 for 1 before Wesley Barresi and Stephan Myburgh put on an 83-run stand for the second wicket. Daan van Bunge's 60 helped further the cause once Barresi was dismissed for 58. Craig Williams picked up three crucial wickets for Namibia, those of Myburgh, Barresi and Tom Cooper, to halt the scoring midway through the innings. Netherlands slipped to 178 for 7 as the seemingly par target looked more difficult that it should have been. Mudassar Bukhari added 14, and Timm van der Gugten scored an unbeaten 11, as Netherlands' last pair crossed the line with two overs to go.

Namibia had been asked to bat and started with a century stand between openers Xander Pitchers and Raymond van Schoor. The pair put on 104 before Pitchers was run out by Myburgh. The next few batsmen did not contribute much to the cause, as they fell for single scores, but van Schoor continued to bat on. At 151 for 5 Netherlands smelled a chance of routing Namibia for a paltry score. It wasn't until Nicolaas Scholtz came in that the pair could put together a healthy partnership of 85 runs. Scholtz scored an aggressive unbeaten 51 off 45 balls, while van Schoor made an unbeaten dogged 93. Namibia finished on 236 for 5 at the end of their 50 overs, Peter Borren was the pick of the Netherlands bowlers with 2 for 34.

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @MOZCRIC; Full members do exactly the same so I don't see why Associate Members shouldn't. Out of the mentioned eight, six have Netherlands passports. The other two have played and lived in the country for over eight years now. The players aren't simply flown in to play for Holland. They are playing in the national leagues and in doing so, help to improve the overall standard of cricket in the Netherlands; other players and -more important- youngsters see how players brought up in Australia/New Zealand/South Africa play their cricket and live for their sport.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    wonder why wcl games involving namibia and uae are not awarded full odi status,icc must award yae and namibia odi and t20i status as they are also high performance teams...

  • Sam on April 19, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @MOZCRIC, Peter Borren has been living and playing in the Netherlands for the past 10 years. Whereas Bukhari learnt his cricket in Neteherlands.

  • Dip on April 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Michael-Australian, Stepphan - South African, Barresi - South African, Tom Cooper Australian, Peter Borren - New Zealand, Michael Rippon - South African Bukhari - Pakistani,Van Gugten - Australian. Total 8 players. Only 3 players are born in The Netherland. ICC law allows foreign residents ( 7 or 4 years ) to play for Associate and Affiliates National team, not Test playing Countries. Namibia has all most all Namibian Nationals ans so are Afghanistan.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    I agre All-the way. afghanistan are an overrated team. All dey have is the so called"good" performance gainst India in wt20 wen they didnt evn win while dutch team beat england in wt20 2009 and also showed some good performances in 2011 CWC

  • Chris on April 18, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    People say Afghanistan are the second strongest associate/affiliate side when really its the Netherlands and should get as much praise as Afghanistan and Ireland do. After all, they beat both England and Bangladesh and showed some good performances when they get an opportunity to play the full members. Looks to me they and Ireland will qualify for the 2015 World Cup and deservedly so.

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