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28 January 201416:25

Rippon, Szwarczynski star in big Netherlands win

Borren contributes quickfire half-century as Netherlands wins by eight wickets after Canada folds for 210 in seventh place play-off match

Rippon, Szwarczynski star in big Netherlands win - Cricket News

Michael Rippon took 4 for 37 as Netherlands cruised to an eight-wicket win.

Michael Rippon took four wickets and Eric Szwarczynski hit an unbeaten 75 off 116 balls as Netherlands cruised to an eight-wicket win in the seventh place play-off match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2013-14 on Tuesday (January 28). Rippon’s four-wicket haul restricted Canada, who had chosen to bat first, to just 210 all out in 50 overs at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Canada started steadily, with Ruvindu Gunasekara and Nitish Kumar, the openers, taking 13 overs for their opening stand of 55. Following the dismissals of Nitish (22) and Jimmy Hansara, the captain, who departed without scoring, Gunasekara carried on with a 57-run stand with Raza-ur-Rehman. However, once Gunasekara fell in the 26th over, it was a one-man show, as Rehman waged a lone battle. But for a 56-run stand between him and Usman Limbada for the sixth wicket, there was no significant partnership, as the Netherlands bowlers made frequent inroads. Rehman eventually departed in the 46th over for a well-made 88 off 105 balls, before Canada’s innings ended.

Rippon, who took 4 for 37, found support from Pieter Seelaar and Ahsan Malik, who chipped in with two wickets each.

Stephan Myburgh (36) and Szwarczynski’s 81-run opening stand off 110 balls gave Netherlands a good platform, setting up an eventually comfortable victory. After adding another 40 runs with Wesley Barresi (28), the wicketkeeper, Szwarczynski was joined by Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain. Borren’s blitz – he hit eight boundaries and two sixes en route to an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls – meant that Netherlands reached home in just 36.4 overs, with eight wickets in hand.

Parth Desai, the left-arm spinner, who accounted for Barresi’s wicket, was economical, giving away just 34 runs in his ten overs.