England Survive Scare To Beat Netherlands

England Survive Scare To Beat Netherlands
England Survive Scare To Beat Netherlands
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England 296-4 (Strauss 88, Trott 62) beat
Netherlands 292-6 (ten Doeschate 119) by 6 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Group B, Nagpur
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Ryan ten Doeschate scored a superb century but it proved to be in vain as England survived to beat the Netherlands by six wickets in their Group B Cricket World Cup encounter in Nagpur.

Ten Doeschate was in rich form as the Netherlands posted an impressive score of 292 for six but half-centuries from Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott and a late charge from Ravi Bopara saw England home with eight balls to spare.

Ten Doeschate needed 98 balls to reach his century, going on to hit 119 in 110 deliveries, playing beautifully but also taking advantage of a below-par England performance with the ball and in the field.

England batted much better than they had fielded but were still made to work hard as the Netherlands bowled well, although they couldn't quite close out the match.

The Netherlands, who won the toss and chose to bat, got off to a fine start with openers Alexei Kervezee (16) and Wesley Barresi (29) tucking in to some early loose bowling from James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Andrew Strauss quickly rang the changes with Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann into the attack, and was rewarded when Swann struck with his fourth ball to have Barresi stumped after Bresnan had Kervezee caught by Matthew Prior.

Tom Cooper, who made 47 in 73 balls, then added 78 with ten Doeschate for the third wicket before he was caught by Anderson off Paul Collingwood.

Ten Doeschate, however, continued to impress, and although Swann removed Bas Zuiderent for one and Tom de Grooth was bowled by Broad for 28, England were unable to dismiss him.

Taking full advantage of the batting Power Play late on, ten Doeschate added a half-century partnership in just 31 balls with Peter Borren as England leaked runs.

The partnership was broken when ten Doeschate lofted Broad to Ravi Bopara in the deep, ending a sublime innings which included nine fours and three sixes and there was late drama when Borren was bowled by Broad but recalled after England failed to stay in line with the fielding restrictions.

Borren went on to hit an unbeaten 35 in 24 balls to make England pay for their mistake. Swann was by far the pick of the England bowlers with two for 35 while Broad took two for 65. Swann, Bresnan and Collingwood were the only three bowlers who managed to keep their economy rates below six runs per over.

England's openers Strauss and Kevin Pietersen gave their side a brilliant start, Strauss racing away and punishing anything short in customary style on his way to 88 in 83 balls while Pietersen offered good support with 39.

Pietersen was the first to go when he was caught by Borren off Pieteer Seelaar before Strauss and Trott (62) put on 61 for the second wicket, which fell when Strauss pulled Mudassar Bukhari to Cooper in the deep.

Trott and Ian Bell, who made a fluent 33 in 40 balls, then took England's score to 224 before Trott was stumped by Barresi and Bell bowled by the same bowler.

The all-rounder looked set to have a decisive impact on the game with ball as well as bat but it wasn't to be as Collingwood's unbeaten 30 and Bopara's 30 in 20 balls saw England edge over the line.

Bopara ensured the game would not go down to the final over when he hit spinner Bernard Loots for a maximum and two fours in the penultimate over of the match.

© Cricket World 2011

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