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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 15:01 GMT

England race to victory
James Anderson
Anderson has huge potential
Pool A match, East London. England 144-4 (23.2 overs) beat Holland 142-9 (50 overs) by six wickets

England finally got their World Cup under way with an easy win over Holland at Buffalo Park.

James Anderson was named man of the match on his World Cup debut after taking four wickets for just 25 runs in an excellent new-ball spell at the start of the day.

Then, chasing just 143 to win, Nick Knight and Michael Vaughan both hit fifties, though England will be a little upset they managed to lose four wickets before knocking off the runs required.

For Holland, Tim de Leede hit a gutsy 58 not out and Daan van Bunge took three wickets.

Daan van Bunge's girlfriend
"I live in Colombo - we see each other every three months"

Anderson's pace and swing were too good for every Dutch batsman who had to face him as he bowled his 10-over spell all in one go at the start of the innings.

He shared the new ball with Andrew Caddick after Nasser Hussain had won the toss and both men created plenty of pressure and discomfort for the Dutch top order.

Short balls were fended away with little conviction and it was no surprise when the first wicket fell as van Bunge slashed Anderson straight to Craig White at gully.

Luuk van Troost was then trapped lbw by Anderson, deceived by late swing, before three wickets fell all on the same score.
But the embarrassment of 31 for five was partly corrected by a stand of 36 between de Leede and Feiko Kloppenburg.

That ended when Ian Blackwell got in on the act, persuading Kloppenburg to loft a catch to deep mid-wicket.

The next man to fall was Edgar Schiferli, who swept a couple of boundaries off Blackwell before he was comfortably stumped off the slow left-armer.

White collected a welcome brace of wickets to make it 112 for nine before de Leede reached his half-century.

And the big Dutchman celebrated by clubbing Flintoff for four with an excellent lofted drive over mid-off.

Kloppenburg's patience runs out as he lofts Blackwell high to deep mid-wicket...

The last wicket pair frustrated England a little by adding 30 with number 11 Jeroen Smits hitting a couple of handy boundaries late on.

When England replied, Schiferli bowled Trescothick cheaply with the Somerset left-hander clean bowled after missing with an ugly swipe.

Knight and Vaughan then got England to within 36 runs of victory with Vaughan in particular looking impressive.

Knight's innings featured three reverse sweeps off the off-spinner Adeel Raja in one over.

Both men, however, fell to van Bunge's part-time leg-spin before victory was reached in less than half the overs required.

England: Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain (capt.), Alec Stewart (wkt), Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Craig White, Ian Blackwell, Andrew Caddick, James Anderson.

Holland: Roland Lefebvre (capt.), Daan van Bunge, Luuk van Troost , Nick Statham, Bas Zuiderent, Jan van Noortwijk, Tim de Leede, Feiko Kloppenburg, Edgar Schiferli, Jeroen Smits (wkt), Adeel Raja.

BBC Five Live's Pat Murphy:
"Splendid bowling from James Anderson"

England captain Nasser Hussain
"To win a one-day game in 23 overs is a good performance"

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