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Borren ton headlines comprehensive Netherlands win

PNG slips to 85-run defeat with only Sese Bau and Kila Pala putting up a resistance with the bat

Borren ton headlines comprehensive Netherlands win - Cricket News
Peter Borren's unbeaten century helped Netherlands to an 85-run win over PNG.
Peter Borren starred for Netherlands against Papua New Guinea with an unbeaten century as it recorded an 85-run win in the ICC World Cricket League match in Amstelveen on Wednesday (June 24).
 
Asked to bat, Netherlands rode on Borren’s unbeaten 111-ball 105 and Mudassar Bukhari’s half-century to post 297 for 6. PNG faltered in its chase with only Sese Bau and Kila Pala making useful contributions as the side was bowled out for 212 in 40.3 overs. 
 
Regular strikes from the Netherlands bowlers thwarted PNG, reducing it to 70 for 4 in 16.2 overs. Its top order failed to string together any considerable partnerships before Bau and Pala came together for a 66-run fifth-wicket stand to push the total past 100. While Bau scored a 53-ball 41, Pala was quicker – his 56 came off 42 balls and included nine fours and a six.
 
After Bau’s dismissal in the 28th over, the only pocket of resistance came through a 43-run eighth-wicket stand between Jack Vare and Chad Soper, but that couldn’t stop Netherlands from romping to its second successive win.
 
Timm van der Gugten, Michael Rippon and Pieter Seelaar took two wickets each for Netherlands.
 
Earlier, Netherlands lost opener Michael Swart in the second over of its innings when Norman Vanua bowled him. Stephen Myburgh and Ben Cooper put on 57 for the second wicket before Soper had Cooper caught behind in the tenth over. Myburgh soon followed suit as Netherlands slipped to 62 for 3 in 10.3 overs. 
 
Borren, the captain, then took charge, stringing crucial partnerships in the middle overs. Wesley Barresi, Seelaar and Rippon chipped in with 23, 22 and 23 respectively. But it was the unbeaten 86-run seventh-wicket stand between Borren and Bukhari that took Netherlands past 250. While Borren brought up his century along the way, hitting three sixes and five fours, Bukhari blazed his way to a 32-ball 51 with three sixes and four boundaries. 
 
Netherlands now leads the points table with four points from two matches, while PNG, which has lost both its matches, is placed fourth. 

To see the full scorecard of this game, click here.

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