With the experienced Heather Siegers leading the side, the hosts will look to make the most of playing in familiar conditions.
The Netherlands Women, also known as the 'Lionesses', will be participating in the ICC Women's World T20 Qualifier event for the third time, and the tournament’s hosts will look to take a step further this time around. The tournament will be held from 7-14 July, and the top two teams will progress to this year's main event, the ICC Women's WT20, in November in the West Indies.
The team will hope that playing at home in familiar conditions will give them an advantage, but they will also have to soak in the pressure of turning out in front of family and friends.
"Playing in a World Qualifying tournament at home is a wonderful honour and privilege, to be able to host players from all around the world is a great chance for us here in the Netherlands to showcase the best we have to offer," said Heather Siegers, the Netherlands captain, ahead of the tournament.
The squad is a blend of young talents and experienced players. Along with Siegers, Lisa Klokgieters is another who has featured in both 2013 and 2015 qualifiers. They will also benefit from the experience of Denise Hannema, who led the side in the inaugural event, and who like Mariska Kornet and Caroline de Fouw has come out of early retirement to play this tournament.
In 18-year-old Sterre Kalis, they have an all-rounder who has played competitive cricket in Australia and England. Both Kalis and Siegers are on the Women's Global Development Squad.
History in the WWT20
In the inaugural qualifier event in 2013, the Netherlands struggled with their batting, never posting a total in excess of 100 in the group stage. Though they won their first match against Zimbabwe, they went on to lose their next two matches against Thailand and Pakistan. That one victory helped them finish second in the Group A table, which was topped by Pakistan. Later, in the semi-final, a strong Sri Lanka batting performance and rain crushed their dream of reaching the final.
The team in third place too had a chance to qualify that year, but Ireland grabbed that spot, winning by just two runs. In that match, the Netherlands put up a better show with the bat, posting 134/4 in reply to Ireland’s 136/5.
In the 2015 edition of the tournament, they finished last in Group B, which also involved Ireland, Zimbabwe and China. In the three group games, they struggled with the bat and had scores of 90/6, 108/4 and 101/6.
Player to watch out for
Heather Siegers, the Netherlands captain, was a part of the squad in the previous two qualifier events in 2013 and 2015. She is a student in England and her experience of playing in different conditions makes her vital to her side.
Squad: Heather Siegers (c), Cher van Slobbe, Esther Corder, Caroline de Fouw, Babette de Leede (wk), Denise Hannema, Sterre Kalis, Lisa Klokgieters, Mariska Kornet, Juliet Post, Annemijn Thomson, Robine Rijke, Silver Siegers, Jolien van Vliet.
7 July: v United Arab Emirates
8 July: v Bangladesh
10 July: v Papua New Guinea
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