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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 18:12 GMT

Landmark day for Lefebvre
Holland's Henk Mol is congratulated by team-mates after taking the wicket of Waqar Younis
Holland took nine wickets as Pakistan struggled to 253

Although Wasim Akram's 500th one-day international wicket was the focus of attention in Paarl, Roland Lefebvre also had reason to celebrate despite Holland's defeat by Pakistan.

The 40-year-old bowled Yousuf Youhana with a well concealed slower ball to reach 200 wickets in representative games for his country.

And team manager Hans Mulder afterwards hailed Lefebvre's contribution to Dutch cricket.

"During his county career (in England), he was not available too much, but after his retirement from county cricket his influence has been great," Mulder told BBC Sport's website.

"As a bowler he has a remarkable economy rate - he is capable of bowling tightly in the last few overs - and is also a great fielder."

Lefebvre will end his playing career after the World Cup to concentrate on his full-time job with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Board (KNCB).


"He is responsible for all youth cricket in Holland. He has youth coaching clinics throughout the country and also travels to competitions with the Under-17 and Under-15 teams," Mulder added.

Lefebvre was delighted by his side's battling display against Pakistan, even thought they lost by 97 runs.

They restricted their more experienced opponents to 253 on a good batting wicket, before frustrating the Pakistan pace attack by surviving nearly 40 overs.

"It was a good effort I think - the bowlers were a little bit more tired than they were here against India," he said.

"We put up a little bit of a fight with the bat but you can see where the differences are and what we have to work on.

"But we've been competitive - we haven't got rolled over for 36.

"That said, the lack of pace bowling in the league back home and the high quality of spin in this World Cup have found us wanting a bit."

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