Northamptonshire 238-7 beat Netherlands 119 by 119 runs - Gurjeet Sapal at The County Ground
Lee Daggett continued his sterling form with the ball for the Steelbacks as he blew away the top order to help his side claim their first Clydesdale Bank 40 victory for the season.
Daggett finished with four wickets to his name, whilst only conceding 17 runs from his eight overs.
Northamptonshire won the toss and elected to bat in overcast conditions. Opening bowler Mark Jonkman had Mal Loye caught behind by Buurman for just three and young Vishal Tripathi soon followed for 0 after being caught playing an upper-cut to Mudassar Bukhari at third-man. This left Northampton teetering with nine runs on the board for the loss of two wickets.
Senior players Nicky Boje and David Sales steadied the ship, rotating the strike between them and taking toll on any wayward deliveries that came their way. Ex-Northamptonshire academy all-rounder Bradley Kruger proved expensive, conceding 16 runs from his two overs.
Sales moved on quickly to his third 50 in the competition from 43 balls, including nine fours as Northamptonshire approached 100. The hundred was brought up in the nineteenth over, however Boje was dismissed soon after after edging the ball to keeper Atse Buurman off the bowling of medium pacer, Michael Dighton. He made a well-crafted 38 from 52 balls, including three fours and one six to leave the Steelbacks at 108 for three.
Sales hit a leading edge to Bukhari at mid-on after a Dighton slower ball deceived him. He made 62 from from 58 balls, including ten fours. With four wickets down Rob White and Andrew Hall went about building a platform for Northamptonshire to springboard their attack from.
White cut loose in the 29th over, hitting Peter Borren for four sixes in his fifth over. This brought up White’s 50, from just 40 balls hitting five sixes and no fours. He was out soon after however trying to hit over the top allowing Pieteer Seelaar to bowl him.
This brought David Murphy to the crease, making his List A debut for the county, he and Hall rotated the strike well until Hall gave Kruger his first wicket in the competition, after he flicked one to Seelaar at deep backward square leg for 17 from 28 deliveries.
Kruger pulled back the run rate, until Murphy hit a six and two fours from consecutively from his last over, to take the Northamptonshire score to 234 going in to the penultimate over.
Mark Jonkman bolwed superbly in his last over to restrict Northamptonshire down to 238 from their 40 overs. David Murphy finished on 31 not out from just 20 balls, including the two fours and one huge six.
Holland in response started slowly, only managing five runs from the first four overs of their innings, with opening bowlers Jack Brooks and Daggett keeping things tight.
Daggett struck first, dismissing Tom de Grooth for six from 13 balls, including one boundary of the innings. He was caught caught at first slip by skipper Hall to leave the Netherlands 14 for 1. Eric Szwarczynski soon followed him back after being caught behind Murphy for a sluggish seven from 26 balls. Daggett also had Tom Cooper bowled for 0 and soon after Brooks had yesterday's centurion, Dighton, caught behind for 0 by Murphy.
Matters soon got worse for the Netherlands as Daggett picked up his fourth wicket of the innings, as he had Borren caught at second slip for eight from eight deliveries to leave them at 29 for five.
David Wigley claimed his first wicket of the season with his first ball of the season, yorking young Kruger and up-rooting his leg stump for 0, leaving the Netherlands on 32 for six.
Bas Zuiderent and Buurman fought to restore some respectability to the Netherlands ranks, putting on a fifty partnership to take their side to 82 for six. It was soon to be seven however as Boje struck quickly to dismiss Buurman for 17 from 23 balls, 16 of this runs came in boundaries.
Zuiderent was picked up by fellow spinner James Middlebrook for 32 from 40 balls, including five fours. Boje took the last two wickets, removing Bukhari for 14 from 17 balls. Tripathi gratefully took a simple catch at cover to effect the wicket. As well as Jonkman for 14 to complete the comprehensive victory of 119 runs by the Steelbacks. Boje finished a satisfactory day with the ball for him, he took three wickets for 10 runs from his five overs.
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