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Jonathan AgnewAGNEW'S POST-TOURNAMENT VERDICT on Netherlands
Roland Lefebv
 1996  Group stage
 2003  Group stage

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South African students introduced cricket to the Netherlands more than 150 years ago

Netherlands team page

Netherlands imageCoach: Emerson Trotman
Captain: Roland Lefebvre

The Netherlands were head and shoulders above their fellow minnows in the group stage.

A comprehensive win in their final match against Namibia was reward for all the effort they put in against bigger teams.

They gave India a fright in Paarl, on a slow pitch, and made England toil.

South Africa's slower tracks suited the Dutch attack, seamers running in and dobbing it on a plate proved hard to get away.

Feiko Kloppenburg and Klaas van Noortwijk scored centuries and Tim de Leede impressed, so all in all they'll have happy memories.

They also benefited from some healthy support, for if the locals didn't have South Africa to cheer they turned their loyalty to the Netherlands, due to ancestry.

Now the trick is to inspire people to take up the game at home and build on this success - a task that may prove harder than winning their first World Cup game.

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