Netherlands Women 229 for 5 (Wattenburg 87*) beat Scotland Women 228 for 7 (Anderson 63, Kasperek 58) by five wickets
Riding on a magnificent unbeaten 87 from wicketkeeper Violet Wattenberg, Netherlands defeated Scotland by five wickets at The Inch to set up a winner-takes-all clash with Ireland at The Hills tomorrow. It was a chanceless 110-ball innings, comprising four boundaries, that took Netherlands home with five overs to spare.
Scotland were looking to make amends for their heavy defeat to Ireland but they did not manage the best of starts after being put in, with the openers returning to the pavilion very early. At 8 for 2, another early finish looked on the cards, but Kari Anderson and Leigh Kasperek had other ideas.
The pair batted with great responsibility and skill, adding a superb 135 in 31 overs. Kasperek struck six boundaries during her 106-ball stay, while Anderson top scored with 63 from 101 balls, including five boundaries, three of which came in the one over from Annemarie Tanke. Kathryn White bludgeoned a rapid 40, adding 62 in 7 overs with Anderson, to get Scotland past the 200-mark. The Scottish total was also bolstered by 57 extras, including 41 wides and six no-balls.
Wattenburg set the tone for the chase, and together with Cheraldine Oudolf strung together an opening partnership of 74. Wattenburg played an innings of genuine quality, working the ball into the gaps, and striking the occasional boundary. She received excellent support from Marijn Nijman, who crashed 40 from just 44 deliveries, including six fours and a six. Nijman hit the ball with real power and placement and their fourth-wicket stand of 63 took Netherlands from a precarious 108 for 3, closer to victory.