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Netherlands secures WT20 berth

Wesley Barresi stars in win over Scotland with unbeaten 75

Netherlands secures WT20 berth - Cricket News
David East presents Wesley Barresi of Netherlands with his man of the match award after his innings of 75.

Wesley Barresi helped Netherlands secure an ICC World Twenty20 2014 berth as it defeated Scotland by eight wickets in a qualifying match of the ICC World T20 Qualifier, played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (November 28).

Chasing 148, Barresi collaborated with Ben Cooper and structured a 67-run stand after losing Stephan Myburgh for a duck. Cooper signaled his intentions early as he smacked an aggressive 28-ball 40 with five fours, but was stumped chasing a flighted delivery from Majid Haq. Michael Swart then joined forces with Barresi for an unbeaten 80-run stand and sealed the game for Netherlands in the eighteenth over. Barresi smashed an unbeaten 47-ball 75 with eight fours and one six.

Earlier, having opted to bat, Scotland rued the decision as both openers, Richard Berrington and Calum MacLeod, were dismissed for ducks within two overs. Matthew Machan and Michael Leask then launched the counter-attack with a 111-run stand in 14 overs.

Leask was dismissed in the 16th over off Ahsan Malik when Cooper timed his jump to perfection to catch a skier at the fence; Leask fell after scoring a 46-ball 58 with two fours and five sixes. Two overs later, Machan was also dismissed after striking a 53-ball 61 with seven fours. Netherlands made its way back into the game as Scotland suffered a mini collapse and could only manage to post a modest 147 for 6.

Barresi was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, acknowledged the fact that the team needed to show intent and regroup after the defeat against UAE on Wednesday. “We showed more purpose in our batting. Yesterday we were sort of stuck in two minds chasing only 117. It is the sort of total that you think that you just bat for 20 overs and you are going to win,” he said.

“Today there was a lot of intent and that gets your feet moving as a batsman and the boys really played beautifully. At half time, we were a bit disappointed chasing 147 but the pitch played okay and mainly it was the intent from the batsmen.”

“Wesley Barresi and Michael Swart came up with absolutely fantastic knocks; very proud of them.”

Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland captain, expressed his disappointment for not qualifying for the World T20. “Very disappointing not to have qualified for Bangladesh; we still played some decent cricket today. Credit to Netherlands and their batsmen, as they came hard at us and it was difficult to pin them down,” he said.

“We have played some very good cricket in this tournament and obviously how things have gone we feel very hard done by.”

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