ICC WT20: Netherlands Take Victory Over Scotland
Netherlands 130-3 (Kervezee 62, Zuiderent 44) beat
Scotland 128-9 (Coetzer 39, Seelaar 3-25) by seven wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, The Brit Oval
By Aaron Kumar
The Netherlands secured a final-over ICC World Twenty20 warm-up victory over Scotland, winning by seven wickets at The Brit Oval.
Batting first, Scotland reached 128 for nine before the Netherlands, driven by an Alexei Kervezee half-century, closed on 130 for three.
Scotland had a huge slice of luck in the second over when their captain Gavin Hamilton was bowled off a no ball, to add insult to injury for Holland, the ball went for four byes.
Edgar Schiferli, who bowled the no ball did make amends as he had Hamilton caught by de Grooth for 13 to leave Scotland 21 for one in the fourth over.
After Hamilton's dismissal Fraser Watts started to play some enterprising shots, this included a reverse sweep for four, Watts raised Scotland's 50 in the eigth over when he smashed the ball to mid wicket for a single.
Watts' brave innings was brought to and end when he was bowled for 20 to leave Holland 55 for two after eight overs.
Scotland were 66 for two after ten overs and well poised to post a competitive total.
Colin Smith hit the first six of the innings a towering blow over the mid on boundary, however he tried to repeat the dose the very next ball and was caught on the mid on boundary by Kervezee to give Schiferli his second wicket, and leave Scotland 79 for three in the 12th over.
Kyle Coetzer took on the role of the agressor for Scotland as he hit some glrorious boundaries all around the wicket and Navdeep Poonia brought up Scotland's 100 in the 14th over with an on drive for two runs.
Coetzer's innings was brought to an end when he was stumped by Smitts off the bowling of Seelaar for a very well made 39 from 28 balls, Coetzer's wicket left Scotland 102 for four in the 15th over.
Some brilliant fielding coupled with some careless batting saw Scotland lose their way, they lost wickets at regular intervals at one stage Scotland appeared to be cruising to a total in excess of 150 but as it turned out Scotland were restricted to a below par total of 128 for nine.
Schiferli and Seelaars were the pick of the bowlers for Holland claiming three for 33 and three for 25 respectively.
Chasing 129 for victory Holland made the worst possible start when Darron Reekers was caught in the covers by Haq off the bowling of MacLeod to leave the Dutch six for one in the first over.
Holland's 50 was raised in the ninth over when Zuiderent worked the ball onto the leg side for an easy single.
Kervezee and Zuiderent continued to make steady progress as Holland found themselves 58 for one after 10 overs.
Kerverzee hit two runs on the leg side to bring up his 50 from 50 balls, in the 14th over his innings included five fours and a six.
A single from Kerverzee down the ground brought up the 100 for Holland in the 16th over the Dutch appeared to be cruising to victory at this stage.
Kerverzee did fall for a well made 62 but a well made 44 by Zuiderent took Holland to victory by seven wickets with two balls remaining.
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