Netherlands defeat USA in high-scoring encounter at Stirling CCC to ensure qualification to WWT20Q. Scotland win the qualifier despite loss to Netherlands.
Netherlands vs USA
It was an impressive performance by the Netherlands with the bat, to post an unassailable total of 184 for 4 wickets. After being stuck in by the USA captain, the Dutch batters responded well, taking on the USA bowlers in the powerplay to set a solid base for the innings. Opener Sterre Kalis hit 88 runs off 55 balls, supported by captain Heather Siegers (51*) in a partnership of 99. The USA fielders struggled with the conditions and missed a few opportunities in the field to halt the Dutch onslaught.
USA came out all guns blazing in the powerplay, with Shebani Baskar hitting a six in the first over before being caught out shortly after. Nadia Gruny (30) took the attack to the Dutch bowlers, but struggled after the powerplay to find the boundary. It was Erica Rendler (40) who gave the USA impetus, hitting five boundaries in her 32 ball innings. Tight bowling and fielding in the middle overs prevented the necessary acceleration. Late hitting from Onika Wallerson (41 off 23 balls) was not enough to get the USA over the line. The score stranded on a respectable 152 for 5.
Scotland vs Netherlands
With both teams having secured qualification after the morning result, only the trophy was left to play for. Scotland won the toss and chose to field, with showers threatening to hold up play. Scottish bagpipers were on hand to play on the Scots and add some atmosphere as the Highland games were ongoing on a neighbouring field. The Netherlands batters were still riding high from their earlier success and again it was the batting of Kalis (48) and Siegers (32) which laid the foundation of the Dutch score of 129 for 6. The Netherlands seemed to be heading for a bigger total, but were restricted in the final overs by some tight bowling from Kathryn Bryce (0-18/4) among others.
Good opening spells from Robine Rijke (2-11/4) and Lisa Klokgieters (0-16/4) made the chase difficult for the Scots. The required run rate steadily climbed as the boundary options were cut off after the powerplay. With the score on 60, the third wicket fell in the 13th over and the Scots needed 70 more runs in the last 7.1 overs to secure the win. Further loss of wickets put a winning score out of reach, however, positive intent from the lower order batters pushed the Scottish score up to 111 for 7 after 20 overs. This was just enough to secure the win in the tournament by virtue of a slight NRR advantage. Scenes erupted as the Netherlands came together to celebrate a convincing win over the Scots as the Scottish players ran onto the field to celebrate securing the trophy.
At the closing function on the evening of the 19th, Heather Siegers was awarded with the player of the tournament award for her all round performance (108 runs, 4 wickets). Strong performances from Lorna Jack (Scotland, 118 runs) and Sterre Kalis (Netherlands, 139 runs) were also given special mentions.