Less Than Ten Hours Play Possible In Deventer
Netherlands 308 (Bashir 102) drew with
United Arab Emirates 74-2
Intercontinental Cup Match, Deventer
Two days of the Netherlands’ ICC Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates were lost to rain as the miserable summer in northern Europe claimed its latest victim.
The Dutch had been inserted after UAE captain Khurram Khan won the toss on Monday and they closed a shortened first day on 118 for three, with Wesley Barresi lighting up a dank day with an innings of 52 from 77 balls and adding 64 for the second wicket with stand-in captain Michael Swart.
The second day was entirely lost to rain, but debutant Shahbaz Bashir certainly made up for that on the third by making his maiden century in top-flight cricket. The 28 year-old had made his List A debut way back in 2002 for a PCB Greens XI, but has since represented the Netherlands in the format, and made 102 from 157 balls. He added 107 for the fourth-wicket with Eric Szwarczynski (44), while fellow debutant Sebastiaan Braat clubbed 23 from only 19 balls at number 11 to haul the Dutch up to 308.
The visitors faced 41 overs in their first innings before stumps and closed on 74 for two as Bashir and Pieter Seelaar claimed a wicket apiece and kept it tight along with the other Netherlands bowlers.
The final day was abandoned early on after an inch (25mm) of rain fell overnight, with both teams taking seven points from the fixture under the rules of the competition which demand that that be the case when less than 10 hours of play are possible over the course of the four days. This means that the sides sit on 30 points apiece in the table, with the UAE’s superior quotient meaning that they are fourth and the Netherlands fifth.
The two teams next face off in the first of two World Cricket League Championship matches on Saturday at the same ground. The second match is on Monday in Rotterdam.
© Cricket World 2012
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