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Papua New Guinea 66 for 2 (Siaka 49) and 128 (van der Gugten 6-29) need another 239 runs to beat Netherlands 209 and 223 (van der Gugten 57, Barresi 43, Reva 4-42)
Timm van der Gugten returned figures of 6 for 29, as Netherlands bowled Papua New Guinea out for 128 in the first innings to take firm control of their Intercontinental Cup game in Amstelveen. PNG's last four wickets could add only 25 runs to their overnight score of 103 before being bowled out in 48.4 overs. Middle-order batsman Mahuru Dai, with 26, was the team's highest run-getter.
With a lead of 81 in hand, Netherlands were reduced to 17 for 3 inside eight overs of their second innings after early strikes from Willie Gavera and Loa Nou. However, a 65-run, fourth-wicket partnership between Michael Rippon and Wesley Barresi provided a recovery, taking the team to 82 before Mahuru Dai removed Rippon.
Netherlands once again lost quick wickets and were precariously placed at 110 for 7, but van der Gugten followed up his good showing with the ball by sharing an 83-run stand with Paul van Meekeren, eventually helping the team make 223. PNG's right-arm seamers Gavera and John Reva picked up seven scalps between them while Nou and Dai landed a wicket each.
Chasing 305, PNG lost Tony Ura for 13 in the eighth over, with van Meekeren providing the breakthrough. Ura's opening partner Lega Siaka was lively and struck 11 fours during his 37-ball 49 but was dismissed off the last ball of the day by offspinner Max O'Dowd. PNG went to stumps at 66 for 2, still needing another 239 runs for victory.
Papua New Guinea take flight
How the team went from a bunch of mentally and physically unfit cricket enthusiasts to winning their maiden first-class game in some style
Vala ton scripts historic win for Papua New Guinea
An unbeaten 124 from Assad Vala powered Papua New Guinea to victory in their maiden first-class game, beating Netherlands by five wickets in the Intercontinental Cup fixture
Netherlands strike after setting PNG 305
Timm van der Gugten's 6 for 29 and 57 with the bat put Netherlands in a commanding position on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Papua New Guinea