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Scotland v Netherlands
St Kitts, 22 March 2007

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World Cup group A, St Kitts: Netherlands 140-2 (23.5 ovs) bt Scotland 136 (34.1 ovs) by 8 wkts

By Jamie Lillywhite

Billy Stelling celebrates
Stelling caused havoc for the Scots with his opening spell

The Netherlands won the battle for third place in Group A with an emphatic eight-wicket success over Scotland.

Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate hammered an unbeaten 70, sharing an unbroken 103 with Bas Zuiderent, as the Dutch raced to their 137 target with 26 overs left.

Put into bat, Scotland lost Navdeep Poonia to the second ball of the match and were 15-4 inside seven overs, Billy Stelling with 3-12 from eight overs.

Neil McCallum and Colin Smith shared 38 but fell in two overs to Mark Jonkman.

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Because of Scotland's rapid demise, the Dutch openers had 12 overs before the lunch break, usually intended for between innings.

It appeared as though they intended to score 137 in that period, with four fours in the opening three overs.

Darron Reekers skewed to mid-off and John Blain claimed a second wicket when Eric Szwarczynski's hook looped up off the splice to the keeper.

But Ten Doeschate soon ensured a change of ball when he lofted Glenn Rogers onto the roof, signalling the fifty partnership with Zuiderent and only 50 more to win.

County stalwart Dougie Brown was brought on with only 45 runs to play with and produced an excellent first over, with one squaring up Ten Doeschate, but umpire Asoka de Silva rejected the appeal and his only signal was for four leg-byes.

Tim de Leede strikes
De Leede struck in his opening over with an impressive juggling catch

In the next over Majid Haq also had a strong case for lbw, against Zuiderent, but umpire Tony Hill refused, much to the dismay of the spinner.

Ten Doeschate recorded his fourth one-day fifty from 61 balls, hammering three successive boundaries and appropriately finished the match by slamming a full toss to the boundary.

It was the first Dutch victory against Scotland following two narrow defeats within the last year.

Dutch wicket-keeper Jeroen Smits could hardly have wished for a better start to his reign as captain.

Smits took charge after regular skipper Luuk van Troost left himself out.

He won the toss and saw his opening pair Stelling and Reekers cause all manner of problems with some dramatic late swing.

After Poonia fished in the first over, Haq was reprieved on five when Daan van Bunge, perhaps still reeling from Herschelle Gibbs and the six sixes in an over, spilled a routine slip chance.

Ryan ten Doeschate
Ten Doeschate ensured a swift ending to the match in St Kitts

But Haq added only a single before he was bowled through the gate by Reekers.

Stelling was on a hat-trick when he ousted Gavin Hamilton and Brown with successive swinging deliveries.

It could have been 19-5 if a third slip had been in place, but Ryan Watson at least got the runs column moving as well, stepping down the pitch to swipe a boundary and cutting the next one to the boundary.

Van Bunge bungled another slip chance to give McCallum a life on three, and bowler Stelling's misfortune was compounded next ball when he was driven for four.

The first bowling change came after 13 overs and veteran spinner Tim de Leede struck with his fourth delivery, Scotland's premier batsman Watson firing a return chance that the 39-year-old grabbed low at the second attempt.

Spinner Mohammad Kashif got in on the act in his second over, Craig Wright so far out of his ground he was nearer the bowler than the batting crease when Smits stumped him.

Rogers swiped successive boundaries off Kashif and afforded the same treatment to Ten Doeschate when the Essex man was introduced into the attack to bowl the 27th over.

There was time for van Bunge to blunder again, this time at short-leg, but the beleaguered leg-spinner had the last laugh when number 11 Paul Hoffman skewed him to mid-off.



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