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Last Updated:  Friday, 28 February, 2003, 17:57 GMT

Skipper praises Dutch spirit
Holland skipper Roland Lefebvre hit 30 off 23 balls
Lefebvre hit 30 off 23 balls
Holland captain Roland Lefebvre praised his team's fighting spirit despite Friday's defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe.

Holland fought hard as they chased Zimbabwe's total of 301 but in the end had to yield to the home side, going down by 99 runs in their World Cup group A clash.

However, the Dutch did have the satisfaction of posting their highest total of the tournament, batting through the full 50 overs to finish on 202 for nine.

"I think it was a pretty positive effort by us," said Lefebvre.

"Unfortunately, the Zimbabwe score was a few too many runs for us, even though it was the best wicket I've seen so far in the tournament.

"It was a tough day for us, not the best day for us in the field, but I thought we showed our fighting spirit again.

"I was very pleased we got over 200. I would have loved to have restricted Zimbabwe to 250 and I think it would have been a better game if we had.

"But they played very well and bad luck to us."

Lefebvre was also keen to praise the Zimbabwe crowd.

He said: "I think it was the best crowd I've seen and experienced. I think they enjoyed the cricket and I hope we have given them a little bit to cheer about.

"But well done to the Zimbabwe team. We've got one big game to come and we are looking forward to that."

Holland face Namibia on Monday in a match they will have genuine hopes of winning.

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