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11 July 201518:09

Clinical Netherlands overcomes Scotland challenge

Alasdair Evans takes 5 for 24, but Barresi, Borren half-centuries shape 32-run win

Clinical Netherlands overcomes Scotland challenge - Cricket News

Wesley Barresi's 75 off 40 balls took Netherlands to 191 for 6 before it won by 32 runs.

The Netherlands rode on the back of a clinical, all-round effort to seal a 32-run win over Scotland in a Group B match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at the Grange Cricket Club Ground in Edinburgh on Saturday (July 11). Victory gave the Netherlands its first points of the tournament.

Peter Borren, the Netherlands captain, opted to bat on what looked like a track that was unlikely to change much during the course of the game. Despite a five-wicket haul from Alasdair Evans, who took 5 for 24 for his first five-wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals, half-centuries from William Barresi and Borren powered the Netherlands to a formidable 191 for 6 in its 20 overs. In reply, Scotland was bowled out for 159 in 19.5 overs.

Evans was pleased with his own performance and felt the team had plenty of positives despite the defeat. "It’s obviously tough whenever your team loses but I think there were some performances to take forward in this tournament, obviously the way Preston batted and Saf (Safyaan Sharif) batted at the end there, it’s good," he said.

"It’s always good to take wickets in any format of the game. It’s nice to finally see the hard work come off and take some wickets. It’s not necessarily about records and figures if you don’t win the game, so we’ll come back the rest of the tournament. We’re still feeling very confident and we’ll move on and come again tomorrow."

Chasing a daunting 192, Scotland lost both openers by the end of the second over. Some smart work from Timm van der Gugten in the first over helped get rid of George Munsey as the bowler deflected third ball onto the stumps. Kyle Coetzer fell in the second over to Mudassar Bukhari for 5, leaving Scotland in a spot of bother at 10 for 2.

Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross revived the chase steadily, but with Roelof van der Merwe and Pieter Seelar hunting in tandem, Scotland lost five wickets for 32 runs to plummet to 79 for 7.

However, captain Peter Mommsen didn't lose heart and took on the Netherlands attack to share an 80-run stand with Safyaan Sharif for the eighth wicket. Although Scotland had been left too much to do, that partnership ensured a respectable total. In the end, Scotland lost three wickets in four balls to be bowled out in the final over. Mommsen remained unbeaten on 68 off 44 balls.

Bukhari finished with three wickets, while Seelar and van der Merwe had two each.

Earlier in the day, Stephan Myburgh, the Netherlands opener, bottom-edged one from Evans onto his leg stump for 5. Barresi, who was dropped twice in his 20s, made Scotland pay on the way to 75 off 40 balls, before Evans returned to dismiss both Barresi and Ben Cooper within the space of three balls. The strikes reduced the Netherlands from 97 for 1 to 107 for 4, curbing the run-flow at that stage.

Borren resurrected the innings alongside van der Merwe (24), doing bulk of the scoring in a 70-run stand for the fifth wicket. Borren took on the bowlers on his way to a 28-ball 57, before Evans returned for his last over and dismissed the duo. Evans’ effort didn’t result in victory, but he had the honour of being named Man of the Match.

Borren was pleased with the manner in which his team bounced back after a loss in the first game. "It’s good (to win) because we lost our first game, so it’s nice to come back and beat the home team," he said. "Pretty tough, having lost our first game, to come up against Scotland, who, obviously, smashed UAE in their first game, so it’s a very confident side and this is a fantastic win for us. So if we can, hopefully, tomorrow, get another one, then we would have had a great weekend."

The Netherlands will next take on the United Arab Emirates at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh on Sunday, while Scotland will face Afghanistan on the same day at the same venue.

Looking forward to the next match, Evans said, "Obviously, it was a cracking game of cricket in the World Cup at the beginning of the year, one which could have gone either way. We've played each other a lot over the last 12-18 months, we know them well and we’re very confident of beating them in our own backyard."

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