Opener smashes 53-ball 78 as Netherlands beats Bermuda by eight wickets with four overs to spare
Myburgh, who hit seven fours and three sixes, shared an opening stand of 108 in just 12 overs with Wesley Barresi, whose 32-ball 45 included three fours and as many sixes. Though Barresi and Peter Borren, the captain, both fell, the result was never in doubt after Myburgh’s fireworks.
Jacobi Robinson accounted for both Netherlands wickets, while Derrick Brangman, the left-arm spinner, bowled economically to give up only 17 runs in four overs.
Earlier, Bermuda made a good start after electing to bat first. However, Netherlands made frequent inroads after that, as Bermuda slipped to 96 for 6 in the 15th over. A late surge by Janeiro Tucker, who smashed 51 off 25 balls, took the total to 144 for 8.
Ahsan Malik was impressive with the ball for Netherlands, picking up 2 for 15 off four overs, while Mudassar Bukhari finished with 2 for 29 and Michael Rippon took 2 for 34.
Netherlands had gone into the match after a 52-run upset loss against Papua New Guinea on Saturday, and Borren was happy with how his side had bounced back. “It was good after yesterday’s performance to come back. Obviously pretty disappointed having lost to PNG, and we had the opportunity to come up against Bermuda today, who we know are dangerous team. But we were pretty good today - probably at 80% of our best, and they were poor,” said Borren.
“Coming back from a loss and to get a comfortable victory with eight wickets in hand, and most importantly four overs to spare which should help us in the net run-rate, which will help us hopefully in the tournament ahead… I’m really happy with our overall team performance.”
Myburgh, the Man of the Match, was glad he could finally get a good partnership going with Wesley Barresi, something the opening duo hadn’t done so far. “Wesley and I both have not started too well in the tournament. We just went out today and tried to be positive in our shot-making like we always have and it paid off for us. There was gusty wind out there, our game plan was to hit with the wind and it worked for us.”
A sandstorm had made conditions difficult, and Myburgh said batting was a struggle. “We had lots of sand in the eye, it was a constant struggle in the middle. We had to get eye drops a couple of times during the course of the chase. But very happy to take the side through to victory,” he said.
Tucker said that Bermuda had put up a par score, given the conditions. “I thought we put in a good effort given the conditions were not too suitable out there for both teams. I thought we posted a good total, and our batsmen did well to get to 145. But we just could not bowl too well to defend it, hopefully we’ll do well in the next match.”
Tucker, however, said that a better effort was required on the field, though he admitted the conditions hadn’t made it easy. “I was really pleased with our total, I thought it was defendable. We could have won the match with a little bit more effort in the field, so I feel next match we should put more effort in the field,” he said. “Yes it was very hard for the bowlers, running into the breeze from one end. It was very hard, but both the teams had to face it. Hopefully where we play next we don’t have to face a sandstorm.”