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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 17:58 GMT

Lefebvre applauds plucky display
Lefebvre hoped to push Australia more

Dutch captain Roland Lefebvre paid tribute to his side but admitted Australia's 75-run victory could have been much greater had the pitch not favoured his bowlers.

"We made use of the conditions, which were nice for us," he said.

"If we had played on a flat track with some bounce then there might have been more runs on the board.

"But you still have to hold a tight line, and to restrict them to 170 for two was a grand effort."

Tim de Leede was the star of the attack, taking two for 34 as Australia posted a target that was extended to 198 by the Duckworth/Lewis method after three delays for rain.

Bas Zuiderent is due some runs and if that had happened today maybe we would have pushed Australia
Dutch captain Roland Lefebvre
However, Lefebvre was more critical of his batsmen, none of whom topped De Leede's 24.

"We still see guys getting out in the same ways and if they do that over and over then there is a problem," he went on.

"I would like to see the guys make more runs in the top order.

"Bas Zuiderent is due some runs and if that had happened today maybe we would have pushed Australia."

After impressing with their steely resistance in three losses so far - to India and England before Australia - Lefebvre is hoping his side can steer clear of the inconsistency that has dogged other minor nations.

"The consistency of the smaller nations has been a worry - it's something we are aware of and are trying to avoid," he said.

"If we keep it up it is something [tournament director] Ali Bacher and the ICC would like to see for the minnows."

Australia captain Ricky Ponting paid tribute to the Dutch for helping to get the match underway, despite a delayed start.

A police helicopter was required to dry the pitch when water was spilled off the covers as the ground staff peeled them back.

"Full credit to the Dutch - they were really keen to play when they could have stalled," Ponting said.

Holland skipper Roland Lefebvre
"It was a fantastic game of cricket"

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