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Netherlands signs off with easy win

Kenyan batting falls apart as Bukhari, Swart fire out top order

Netherlands signs off with easy win - Cricket News
Netherlands win their last Group stage game.
The Netherlands dominated Kenya in its last Group B game of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, scoring a convincing 29-run victory at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Saturday (November 23).
Choosing to bat, the Netherlands recovered from an early setback to scramble to 130 for 7, and then fired out the Kenyan top order, reducing it to 10 for 6. Kenya eventually managed 101 for 9, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Netherlands from registering its fifth win of the competition.
“It would have been nice to have bowled them out very cheaply. At same time, it is bound to happen that at some stage a partnership does develop,” Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, said. “In the end, it was a good effort to defend a below par total of 130. Their lower order batted quiet sensibly after we had them seven wickets down for 22 runs.” 
The Netherlands lost Stephan Myburgh to the second ball of the match, but. Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi put together 70 before Barresi (28) was dismissed by Ragheb Aga in the 9th over. Kenya wended its way back into the game as Steve Tikolo struck twice in the 12th over, having Peter Borren, the captain, stumped, and Ben Cooper trapped in front for 0. Swart fell leg before to Thomas Odoyo soon after and Netherlands slumped to 86 for 5. 
Mudassar Bukhari and Michael Rippon fell cheaply, also to Odoyo, and the Netherlands owed it to Eric Szwarczynski (14 not out) and Tim Gruijters (11 not out) for the final push. Odoyo finished with three wickets, while Tikolo picked up two.
Kenya’s chase got off to the worst possible start as Bukhari got rid of Tikolo and Nehemiah Odhiambo off successive deliveries in the very first over. Bukhari then dismissed Collins Obuya, the captain, for 1, Kenya reeling at 3 for 3. Swart at the other end was equally incisive as he bowled Alex Obanda for 2 in the 4th over and evicted Morris Ouma in the sixth. 
After losing 6 wickets for 10 runs, Shem Ngoche and Rakel Patel offered some resistance with a 38-run partnership in 5.1 overs before Patel fell leg before to Ahsan Malik for 16. Ngoche top-scored with 38 off 28 balls and the last two Kenyan wickets added some face-saving runs to narrow the margin of defeat.
"We lost too many quick wickets at the start,” Obuya said. “From there, we just could not recover even though the lower order did get some good partnerships. We required a solid partnership at the top but we failed.”
Bukhari was named Man of the Match for his match-winning bowling spell. “It’s the result of the hard work we have put in training for this tournament and I feel hard work always pays off,” he said. “We went in with the mindset that we can defend the total of 130 runs. I asked the skipper if I could bowl the first over today and it worked with me bowling a double wicket maiden.
“I hope I can continue with such performances further in the tournament. Pressure will build as we will move on to the next stage, but I will try and step up and win more games for my team.” 
Netherlands stayed in second spot in the group while Kenya, despite three wins and as many losses, was in third position. Kenya will play Afghanistan in its last group game on Sunday.
“We will shrug off this defeat and focus on our very important match against Afghanistan,” Obuya said. “Our batsmen will definitely have to put in a better effort.”

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