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Netherlands strengthens position at the top

Host bowls Nepal out for 94, chases down target with seven wickets in hand

Netherlands strengthens position at the top - Cricket News
Tim van der Gugten picked up 3 for 21.
Netherlands strengthened its position at the top of the ICC World Cricket Championship League with a seven-wicket win against Nepal at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen on Saturday (August 13).
 
Tim van der Gugten and Michael Rippon returned identical figures of 3 for 21 as Nepal, put into bat, was bowled out for 94 in 38.1 overs. Netherlands chased down the target in 16.5 overs.
 
The game started with Gyanendra Malla and Anil Mandal putting on 23 runs in 4.2 overs before van der Gugten bowled Malla for 11. It triggered a collapse as Nepal could not stitch partnerships. Only Mandal managed to touch 20, and six batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores.
 
Apart from van der Gugten and Rippon, Roelof van der Merwe also put up a good show to finish with 2 for 12. Mudassar Bukhari and Paul van Meekeren picked up a wicket each.
 
Netherlands lost Rippon early in the chase, but a 57-run stand between Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi put the team in a commanding position. Barresi fell for 37, and was followed by Ben Cooper, but Myburgh’s unbeaten 33 took Netherlands home with 199 balls to spare.
 
Netherlands now has 12 points from seven matches, while Nepal is placed sixth on the table with four points, also from seven matches.
 
The two teams will play against each other at the same venue again on Monday.

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