England prevail over ten Doeschate inspired Netherlands
by CricketArchive staff reporter
DateLine: 24th February 2011
After a couple of matches where the minnows were thrashed soundly, Netherlands put a performance that would give some heart and inspiration for the other minnows of the tournament. It could have being a perfect day for ten Doeschate had Netherlands won the match. Ryan ten Doeschate scored a brilliant one-day hundred and then took two important wickets to give a sniff of a win to his side. A fielding of comic proportions and shoddy bowling from England very nearly gifted the match to the Dutch before the batsmen redeemed their side with good batting. The English batsmen paced the run-chase well to help a shell-shocked English side to cross the winning line.
Netherlands skipper Borren won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that looked a belter. James Anderson never looked at ease bowling on a flat pitch that offered zero assistance while Broad for reasons known only to him kept banging the middle of the pitch though there was zero bounce. It was a confident batting display by the Dutch and the openers gave the side a solid start. Though the openers were back in the hut by the 11th over ten Doeschate and Tom Cooper, kept the runs ticking over in the middle overs until Cooper was out for for 47. Tim de Grooth provided Ten Doeschate with sensible support. ten Doeschate played a mature innings before opening up his shoulders during the death overs.
A target of 293 needed a solid start and Strauss led the way and Pietersen after the initial flurry began to find scoring runs a little difficult. Pietersen fell to left arm spinner Sieleer while Strauss fell mistiming a pull on 88 and soon Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell were milking the bowlers. Trott made 62 off 65 balls before he was stumped off a wide and when Bell missed a straight delivery the nerves were jangling. Collingwood and Bopara calmed the nerves as they found the boundary ropes at important intervals to take the English side over the victory line breaking the hearts of the Dutch side.