ICC World Twenty20, 1st Match, Group B: England v Netherlands at Lord's, Jun 5, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 1st match, Group B
Netherlands won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Played at Lord's, London
5 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Netherlands form a cuddle-huddle - they're really, really fired up for this. Bopara and Wright are the openers. Australia's Netherlands' Dirk Nannes has the ball. Here we go...

England's anthem drones out of the speakers - Swann's belting it out, good on you Graeme. Collingwood, too, is stretching those vocal chords. Not a whimper from Anderson, Sidebottom, Rashid. The shame, honestly. Right - cricket is upon us at long, long last. The floodlights are on and the umpires, clad in their summer fleeces, are marching towards the middle.

The Duke of Kent gave a rousing speech, talking about all sorts of things. "A family friendly" event, and, well, it received predictably deafening applause. Here come the players out of the pavilion, all of whom clasp hands with some kids. Not quite sure why, but it re-enforces the Duke's words I suppose. And here come the national anthem of the Netherlands. Well, I didn't think England's own dreary number could be worsened, but I think we have a winner, ladies and gents.

Netherlands win the toss and will bowl. We will apparently be watching live, actual cricket players playing the game at 5.50pm. Stay chuned, folks.

5.30pm Right. The toss is due in a few minutes and play will apparently start at 5.50pm. I have run out of things to say, and will rest my RSI fingers until something actually happens.

Opening ceremony newswatch It's been abandoned. The cricket should get underway at 5.30, which is in about 12 minutes, but the fans are deprived of Alesha Dixon and Co., and the opening ceremony's been ditched. Oh. Dear. Still, not even the ICC can prevent the rain falling. It's been an inauspicious start to say the least.

5.15pm Opening ceremony and rain newswatch No sign of the toss. Or the cricket. The covers are being folded back on and it's starting to rain quite steadily now.

5.05pm Final preparations underway. Play will start at 5.30pm, we are assured. No really! "Let's dump the opening ceremony and get on with the cricket," asks / suggests / rhetoricises Atherton.

"I bumped into Stuart Broad in a bar last Wednesday in Nottingham," slurs Tom C, "and he assured me England would win both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. The exuberance of youth!"

Stage preparation newswatch: The stage where Miss Dixon will be dancing is currently being dried...by barefoot people shuffling camply on towels. There are loads of players, people, cameramen, administrators - all sorts really - mingling around in the outfield. Six minutes to go until the opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony newswatch: Alesha Dixon will be strutting her amiable stuff at 5.05pm, we hear. Unless there's another delay of course. The match is thus pushed back a wee bit too.

Kevin Pietersenewswatch: England chief medical officer, Nick Peirce, informs us that "Kevin had been making excellent progress with the management of his right Achilles injury and had shown substantial improvement. However today he has experienced a degree of pain which medical assessments have suggested may be related to some aggravation from his lower back."

"I saw Kevin Pietersen at Lord's on Wednesday," says Sarah Robinson, "and during the warm ups, he was refereeing the football rather than playing and did completely different warm ups to everyone else." So there.

Umbrella newswatch: The brollies are stretching into action. Ahhh, summer.

Opening ceremony newswatch: It's delayed. It was due at 4.40pm, 10 minutes ago, so...we're in for a little wait I'm afraid. Or are we? We're ready to get underway, apparently. No! Right. We'll let you know when it actually happens. The covers are being dragged back on I'm afraid, and it's very gloomy out in the middle. Nothing terminal, I assure you, but this is just what the organisers didn't need: rain. No toss yet, either.

Team news: Pietersen out, Key in. Interesting indeed. Pietersen looked in fine form the other day in England's warm-up against West Indies, and admitted to be in fine fettle - diving in the outfield "for the first time in years" - so this comes as a great surprise. And Adil Rashid is going to play instead of Graeme Swann. Concern over injuries, or are England treating a minnow nation lightly? I'm sticking to the former.

I'm sure most English readers - nay, everyone - will remember the insipid opening ceremony of 1999's World Cup in England. Nothing can surely stoop that low. I'm confident today's will be fitting and exciting. Well, quite confident.

4.30pm The opening ceremony is so very nearly upon us. Ten short minutes to wait until Alesha Dixon and Co get things underway. Don't forget, you can listen to today's match and the entire tournament via our radio broadcast. It's great value and very worthwhile.

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Hello, hallo, goededag and greetings one and all to our coverage of the first exciting match of this year's ICC World Twenty20. I'm Will Luke, and together with a veritable melee of colleagues, will be guiding you through today's action-packed event from Lord's. Foreign readers will doubtless be astonished to hear that our summer has briefly come to a drizzly halt: it's about 18c with a thick and comforting blanket of cumulus covering the ground, but we reckon we should start on time at 5.30pm.


Nannes to Bopara, FOUR, a full toss outside off stump, Bopara clamps down on it and squeezes it past point for four!


Nannes to Bopara, no run, good pace - wide of the off stump and Bopara decides to leave alone


Nannes to Bopara, no run, punched very hard to point but it's superbly stopped. Good, sprawling effort


Nannes to Bopara, FOUR, top shot. Just a little too short and wide and Bopara timed it beautifully past point

Quick outfield, in spite of the drizzle earlier. Good signs


Nannes to Bopara, 1 wide, down the leg side - wide


Nannes to Bopara, no run, better ball, dropped to leg by Bopara


Nannes to Bopara, no run, smashed out to cover - again, wonderful timing, but very impressive fielding by Netherlands

End of over 1 (9 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • RS Bopara 8 (6b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 0 (0b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-9-0

"It's fairly full other than the tops of the Grandstand and the Tavern," says Martin Williamson, executive editor of Cricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The Dutch are out in force and they're going to enjoy their big day. But the pavilion, as in 1999, is shamefully empty."


Schiferli to Wright, FOUR, flicked to leg - four more. Wrong line from Schiferli and it's easily clipped off his pads


Schiferli to Wright, no run, cut hard to point - another good stop


Schiferli to Wright, no run, better, tighter line on the off stump and cutting back into Wright, forcing off the back foot


Schiferli to Wright, 1 run, driven inside out to mid-off

"The floodlights are really making a difference. It's gloomy but they are very impressive," says Martin. "The Dutch hardcore are mainly assembled in the Mound Stand."


Schiferli to Bopara, 2 runs, flicked to leg off his pads - neat timing and placement


Schiferli to Bopara, 1 run, driven out to the off side

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • RS Bopara 11 (8b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 5 (4b 1x4)
    • E Schiferli 1-0-8-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-9-0

Nannes to Bopara, no run, decent pace from Nannes - 90mph - but it's quite comfortably defended on the back foot


Nannes to Bopara, 1 run, ooh that looked sharp - a full length on the leg stump at 92.9mph. Tidiily tucked to leg


Nannes to Wright, 1 run, quick ball on his legs - wrong line from Nannes so far in this over. Flicked off his hip


Nannes to Bopara, 1 wide, this bloke's got wheels! That was seriously sharp, bouncing and lifting over Bopara's attempted hook. He's a little peeved that it's been wided


Nannes to Bopara, no run, beaten by an absolute cracker! This is terrific stuff from Nannes. It pitched on leg stump and left him at stiffening pace


Nannes to Bopara, 2 runs, a touch fuller by Nannes, full enough for Bopara to flick this with (dare I suggest it?) Tendulkar-like elegance through midwicket. Excellent fielding, however, prevents four


Nannes to Bopara, 1 run, guided down past point

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 23/0 (RR: 7.66)

    • RS Bopara 15 (13b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 6 (5b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-15-0
    • E Schiferli 1-0-8-0

"Guys, where are the cheerleaders." Chinka Bokal, you have an immensely good point indeed. Where are the cheerleaders?


Schiferli to Bopara, 1 run, a full toss and he misses out, clipping it to leg for just a single


Schiferli to Wright, no run, on-driven past mid-on

"A lot of orange Dutch caps in evidence in the Mound Stand," notes Martin


Schiferli to Wright, 1 run, angles in a touch to Wright who drives inside out, though rather lacks the power

Wright took a while to get going against West Indies, and he looks as though he's taking his time tonight too


Schiferli to Bopara, no run, that's a good nut - nice and full and straight enough. Squeezed out to the off side


Schiferli to Bopara, FOUR, bang! Only fractionally too straight, but Bopara just whipped it through midwicket with great power for four


Schiferli to Bopara, no run, full ball, smacked straight back to the bowler

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 29/0 (RR: 7.25)

    • RS Bopara 20 (17b 3x4)
    • LJ Wright 7 (7b 1x4)
    • E Schiferli 2-0-14-0
    • DP Nannes 2-0-15-0

Tremendous news from Martin. Bring this on. "There are three cheerleaders in front of the Warner Stand," he says, excitably. "Well wrapped-up and rather out of place. But they are here." Talking of nothing, here's Ryan ten Doeschate


ten Doeschate to Wright, 1 wide, and he starts with a wide down the leg side


ten Doeschate to Wright, no run, much better - nice and full. Wright smacks it to ten Doeschate's right who fields brilliantly

Crash hot in the field, RTD


ten Doeschate to Wright, 1 wide, a monster of a wide down the leg side. RTD hasn't quite got it right here


ten Doeschate to Wright, 2 runs, Wright goes for a drive but top-edges this - where's it gone? Nannes gives chase at wide mid-on, but he couldn't quite get there


ten Doeschate to Wright, no run, squared up a touch, defends back to the bowler


ten Doeschate to Wright, no run, excellent, full delivery - too full to drive


ten Doeschate to Wright, 1 run, defended out to cover


ten Doeschate to Bopara, FOUR, oh, what a shot - square driven with flair and timing for four. He is looking in supreme touch, Bopara

End of over 5 (9 runs) England 38/0 (RR: 7.60)

    • RS Bopara 24 (18b 4x4)
    • LJ Wright 10 (12b 1x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 1-0-9-0
    • E Schiferli 2-0-14-0

"I hope Wasim Akram learns to pronoun Dirk Nannes' name correctly," writes a feedbacker. "At least by the end of the tourney. He's called him everything from 'Derek' to 'Nanas'."


Schiferli to Wright, FOUR, clubbed, or wellied, over mid-on. Mistimed really - Wright's really trying to force his shots at the moment with plenty of bottom hand. It's working, but he does need to begin to time it, not just welly the ball


Schiferli to Wright, no run

Martin, our boss, is on cheerleader watch. "We have three more cheerleaders in front of the Tavern. This really is too much. If they start in front of the pavilion then we may have to put the local hospital on standby."


Schiferli to Wright, 2 runs, much fuller, much better. Clipped to leg but he gets two


Schiferli to Wright, 2 runs, ping! A real slog from Wright over midwicket, and it falls like a shell in the outfield


Schiferli to Wright, FOUR, bang! He stands tall and absolutely slaps it square of the wicket. Terrific blow, that


Schiferli to Wright, 1 run, squeezed out square of the wicket

End of over 6 (13 runs) England 51/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • LJ Wright 23 (18b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 24 (18b 4x4)
    • E Schiferli 3-0-27-0
    • RN ten Doeschate 1-0-9-0

Pieter Seelaar, a spinner, into the attack


Seelaar to Wright, no run, tossed up outside off, driven to cover


Seelaar to Wright, 1 run, flicked to midwicket


Seelaar to Bopara, 1 run, shorter length, Bopara works it down to long-on. They think about a second after an overthrow, but decide against it


Seelaar to Wright, 1 run, nudged off his hip


Seelaar to Bopara, 1 run, full toss, worked to wide mid-on for another single


Seelaar to Wright, no run, clamps forward and pats it out to the off side

A calming, quiet first over that

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 55/0 (RR: 7.85)

    • LJ Wright 25 (22b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 26 (20b 4x4)
    • PM Seelaar 1-0-4-0
    • E Schiferli 3-0-27-0

Useful start this by England. Here's none other than Peter Borren


Borren to Bopara, 1 run, elegantly driven over Borren's head, but long-off fields. Wonderful timing, mind


Borren to Wright, 1 run, lines up a powerful drive, but he's, well, lacking power


Borren to Bopara, 1 run, turned to leg for a single


Borren to Wright, 1 run, slams one down the ground, stepping outside the leg stump


Borren to Bopara, 1 run, one-legged flick to leg. Huge amounts of wristiness


Borren to Wright, 5 wides, how was he not bowled! Wright's got away with one there, attempting a Morganesque paddle-flick which so nearly knocked out his leg stump. It beats Smits, the keeper, too


Borren to Wright, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, and excellent running brings them two to midwicket

End of over 8 (12 runs) England 67/0 (RR: 8.37)

    • LJ Wright 29 (25b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 29 (23b 4x4)
    • PW Borren 1-0-12-0
    • PM Seelaar 1-0-4-0

Seelaar to Bopara, 2 runs, opens the face and carves it out to deep cover point

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Seelaar to Bopara, 1 run, good, tight line and it's carefully driven out to the off side


Seelaar to Wright, 1 run, steps down the pitch and outside leg stump, desperately trying to give himself more room to swing his arms. Just a single though


Seelaar to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara, too, gives himself room and gets two to the sweeper on the extra cover boundary


Seelaar to Bopara, FOUR, shot! Fantastic extra-cover drive and he fully committed to it. Bosh

"It's official. Alesha has left the building. Possibly her easiest ever payday," screams her biggest fan, Martin Williamson.


Seelaar to Bopara, 1 run, driven to long-on

End of over 9 (11 runs) England 78/0 (RR: 8.66)

    • RS Bopara 39 (28b 5x4)
    • LJ Wright 30 (26b 3x4)
    • PM Seelaar 2-0-15-0
    • PW Borren 1-0-12-0

ten Doeschate to Bopara, 1 run, he's given that everything, smacking it down to long-on, but Netherlands' field-placings are excellent tonight


ten Doeschate to Wright, FOUR, ooh, very nearly the first six! Wright steps outside leg and carves it over point for four

Martin tells us it's getting a little darker overhead. Really quite gloomy now


ten Doeschate to Wright, 2 runs, bludgeoned down the ground for two


ten Doeschate to Wright, 2 runs, a full toss, boshed over midwicket but there's a man on the boundary and, by heck, he does a splendid job of stopping it going for four


ten Doeschate to Wright, no run, a huge swing and a miss!


ten Doeschate to Wright, 2 runs, Wright tries to whack this over long-on but it skies over point, and fortunately for him, safely so

End of over 10 (11 runs) England 89/0 (RR: 8.90)

    • LJ Wright 40 (31b 4x4)
    • RS Bopara 40 (29b 5x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 2-0-20-0
    • PM Seelaar 2-0-15-0

Righto - so we've had ten overs. England have an excellent base here


Borren to Bopara, 1 run, banged down the ground


Borren to Wright, 1 run, square-driven - good, tight line and encouraging pace


Borren to Bopara, 2 runs, woops! A howling misfield at extra cover to a scorching drive. The bowler is furious


Borren to Bopara, 1 run, driven again to Mr Van Bunge, who again misfields to the delight of a now-drunk crowd


Borren to Wright, 2 runs, two more, to midwicket this time


Borren to Wright, FOUR, four more! A full toss which pitched at about thigh height, and Wright wellied it over the top for four. Difficult to time shots like those with the ball dipping late on you, but he played it excellently

End of over 11 (11 runs) England 100/0 (RR: 9.09)

    • LJ Wright 47 (34b 5x4)
    • RS Bopara 44 (32b 5x4)
    • PW Borren 2-0-23-0
    • RN ten Doeschate 2-0-20-0

That's England's first hundred partnership in Twenty20s. Not a bad stage on which to produce it. Here's Ryan ten Doeschate, or RTD for the time being


ten Doeschate to Bopara, 2 runs, elegantly driven to long-on, who is a little slow off the blocks and they job a second with ease


ten Doeschate to Bopara, OUT, excellent catch at long-on. Bopara went for a big slog across the line but skied it, forcing Seelaar long-on to run several yards back and to his right

RS Bopara c Seelaar b ten Doeschate 46 (48m 34b 5x4 0x6) SR: 135.29

Celebrations galore after that wicket


ten Doeschate to Wright, 1 run, full toss which Shah bashes out to long-off


ten Doeschate to Shah, no run, good line and length. Shah drops it out to the off side for a zero


ten Doeschate to Shah, 2 runs, works this nicely off his pads


ten Doeschate to Shah, 1 run, clipped off his pads to steal the strike

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 106/1 (RR: 8.83)

    • OA Shah 3 (3b)
    • LJ Wright 48 (35b 5x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 3-0-26-1
    • PW Borren 2-0-23-0

Rather oddly, three of the cheerleaders have disappeared, leaving two on the Grandstand side and one on the Tavern side. Hypothermia perhaps?


Borren to Shah, no run, excellent ball! Very full, almost yorker length


Borren to Shah, no run, full toss, defended to cover...

Owais understandably looks peeved at himself. Go on, son - whack it


Borren to Shah, 1 run, quicker ball on his toes, flicked to wide long-on


Borren to Wright, 1 run, tickled around the corner


Borren to Shah, 1 run, a touch slower and it's patted out to the off side


Borren to Wright, 1 run, whips this to leg - excellent over that

Fifty for Luke Wright, who continues to look like he might need ID at an off licence. Impressive and mature knock by him though, 50 from 37. The base has been laid. Now go berserk.

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 110/1 (RR: 8.46)

    • LJ Wright 50 (37b 5x4)
    • OA Shah 5 (7b)
    • PW Borren 3-0-27-0
    • RN ten Doeschate 3-0-26-1

Schiferli to Wright, 2 runs, down the pitch and somehow it lands safe at mid-on! They only get a single, too - shoddy cricket allround there.


Schiferli to Wright, 1 run, clatters it along the turf to long-on

"Isn't it great to see a T20 match without those stupid strategic timeouts," Josh Wilkinson spits.


Schiferli to Shah, OUT, oops. Beautifully timed flick off his pads but straight down square-leg's throat, who barely needed to move a muscle

OA Shah c Kervezee b Schiferli 5 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

This will be fun. Here's Eoin Morgan. The ball could go absolutely anywhere


Schiferli to Morgan, 1 run, squeezes it out to the off side and immediately he's off the mark


Schiferli to Wright, 1 run, angled to short third man. Morgan's backing up is quick and urgent and the single is easily stolen


Schiferli to Morgan, 1 run, opens the face, guiding to third man

Just six from that over - Netherlands have done really well to calm things down here.

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 116/2 (RR: 8.28)

    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • LJ Wright 54 (40b 5x4)
    • E Schiferli 4-0-33-1
    • PW Borren 3-0-27-0

Nannes to Morgan, 1 run, nudged to leg for a single


Nannes to Wright, 1 run, steps to leg and cuts down to third man


Nannes to Morgan, no run, ouch - that's quick. Nannes is seriously slippery. Morgan beaten for pace and is whacked on the stomach


Nannes to Morgan, 1 run, goes for a pull, slapping it down to long-on


Nannes to Wright, FOUR, that's a great blow! Steps outside leg and hammers it over cover. A real piece of humpty, that - timed the pants off it


Nannes to Wright, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 15 (8 runs) England 124/2 (RR: 8.26)

    • LJ Wright 60 (43b 6x4)
    • EJG Morgan 4 (5b)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-23-0
    • E Schiferli 4-0-33-1

"The recession is in evidence," Martin reckons. "Half the boxes in the Mound Stand are empty, and a few in Grandstand as well."


Borren to Wright, 1 run, carved out to the off side


Borren to Morgan, 2 runs, steps forward onto the front foot, patting it out to the off side. Just like Stephen Fleming might have done, if that helps you picture it


Borren to Morgan, no run, fuller and quicker, nudged back to the bowler


Borren to Morgan, OUT, reverse-swept straight to point! Usually such a productive shot for Morgan, and he timed this especially impressively, but just picked out the fielder

EJG Morgan c Zuiderent b Borren 6 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Netherlands really have done excellently since the tenth over. They've bowled mostly full and accurately and England have found it hard going.

Collingwood at the crease. You can't help feeling England are missing Pietersen in this type of situation: a five-over thrash. It ought not to hurt them against Netherlands, but against stronger teams ... hmm.


Borren to Collingwood, no run, such of shape back into Collingwood who bashes it back to him


Borren to Collingwood, 1 run, driven to long-off

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 128/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • PD Collingwood 1 (2b)
    • LJ Wright 61 (44b 6x4)
    • PW Borren 4-0-31-1
    • DP Nannes 3-0-23-0

Seelaar to Collingwood, FOUR, down the pitch and he lofts it over the covers - and a horrible howler on the boundary gives him four!


Seelaar to Collingwood, 1 run, pulled through midwicket


Seelaar to Wright, 1 run, nice and full, down the leg side, Wright works it to long-on

The length has been key for Netherlands tonight. Really cramping England at the moment


Seelaar to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss pulled, with a short-arm jab, for a rinky dinky little single


Seelaar to Wright, FOUR, over the top for four! Wright rarely looks elegant when hitting over the top, but he is mighty effective


Seelaar to Wright, 1 run, dropped him, though that was absolutely nailed back to the bowler at tremendous pace. Sheesh - he hit that with some power!

End of over 17 (12 runs) England 140/3 (RR: 8.23)

    • LJ Wright 67 (47b 7x4)
    • PD Collingwood 7 (5b 1x4)
    • PM Seelaar 3-0-27-0
    • PW Borren 4-0-31-1

ten Doeschate to Wright, FOUR, top scooping from Wright. Down on one knee and he flicks it, past his face, over the keeper's left shoulder for four! I love those shots. Outrageous quantities of cheek


ten Doeschate to Wright, OUT, got him this time! He tried to pull it over midwicket for six but it just didn't have quite the legs on it

LJ Wright c Borren b ten Doeschate 71 (75m 49b 8x4 0x6) SR: 144.89

Top knock, that. I wonder if it'll be the making of Wright in internationals

It's Bobby Key to the crease. England need a few more here


ten Doeschate to Collingwood, 1 run, dances down the crease and pats to cover


ten Doeschate to Key, 2 runs, stroked to long-off for a single - err, for two I think. Key really has to get his skates on though, and Smits roars an appeal but it's little more than hopeful.

Stuart Campbell emails: "So England replace KP with one of the best T20 players in the country in England in Rob Key and he's still not come in to bat. Are England doing their bit for Euro relations in handing this game to the Dutch or have the Dutch team been feeding them 'special' cake?" Careful...


ten Doeschate to Key, 1 run, steps outside leg, chinks it out to mid-off


ten Doeschate to Collingwood, 1 run, on one knee, flipped through midwicket

End of over 18 (9 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 8.27)

    • PD Collingwood 9 (7b 1x4)
    • RWT Key 3 (2b)
    • RN ten Doeschate 4-0-35-2
    • PM Seelaar 3-0-27-0

Richard emails: "Perhaps they should introduce a new bowling stat for T20 - dot balls per over."


Seelaar to Collingwood, 1 run, down the leg side and urgently clipped with chippy enthusiasm through midwicket

There's the 150 for England


Seelaar to Key, 1 run, goes inside out, driving to mid-off


Seelaar to Collingwood, 1 run, a slap to long-off

Great stuff this from Netherlands. Singles are fine


Seelaar to Key, 1 run, Key gives himself vast amounts of room, stepping outside leg, and lifts it over cover


Seelaar to Collingwood, OUT, full toss, Collingwood tries to loft him over the boundary but finds long-on

PD Collingwood c Schiferli b Seelaar 11 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 110.00


Seelaar to Key, 2 runs, flicked around the corner

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 155/5 (RR: 8.15)

    • RWT Key 7 (5b)
    • JS Foster 0 (0b)
    • PM Seelaar 4-0-33-1
    • RN ten Doeschate 4-0-35-2

So then, England. What have you in store these last six balls?


Nannes to Foster, 1 run, steps to leg to give himself room but slaps it straight to mid-off


Nannes to Key, 1 run, full and straight, Key can only chip it to mid-off


Nannes to Foster, 1 run, Foster gets into a tangle, beaten for pace here and Foster's nearly run out as he delayed his run

This guy is seriously sharp.


Nannes to Key, 1 wide, a rare wide from Netherlands, down the leg side


Nannes to Key, 1 run, slapped down to third man for just a single, again. Excellent, fast and tight bowling from Nannes


Nannes to Foster, 1 run, slapped to cover

Last ball!


Nannes to Key, 1 run, a full toss, bunged to short midwicket

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Well that's a really gutsy and impressive performance by Netherlands. Bopara and Wright were seriously motoring at the halfway point, but thereafter England only managed 73 from the last ten. A target of 163 is still tall for Netherlands, but if ten Doeschate tees off - it's anyone's game. Ergo, join us in ten short minutes for the chase

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 162/5

    • RWT Key 10 (8b)
    • JS Foster 3 (3b)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-30-0
    • PM Seelaar 4-0-33-1





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