Netherlands Hammer Woeful England
Netherlands 133-5 (Barresi 48) beat
England 88 (van Beek 3-9) by 45 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group One, Chittagong
The Netherlands recorded another famous ICC World Twenty20 victory against England as they cruised to a 45-run win in Chittagong to end their campaign on a high.
Runs from Wesley Barresi (48) and Stephan Myburgh (39) helped lift the Dutch to 133 for five from their 20 overs.
Logan Van Beek was the Dutch star with the ball taking 3-9 in just two overs. The Netherlands have threatened an upset all tournament and finally delivered in their final match against a woeful England side.
England won the toss and elected to bowl. Michael Swart and Stephan Myburgh made a lively start against some wayward bowling from Moeen Ali and Chirs Jordan, racing to 32 without loss after three overs. Ali in particular struggled to adjust his length from the previous evening games, bowling short and allowing the ball to sit up invitingly for the batsmen.
Skipper Stuart Broad introduced himself to the attack inside the first six overs for the first time in the tournament and immediately reaped the rewards, having Swart caught by Stephen Parry for 13.
However, England continued to bowl like a side already on the plane home after a disastrous winter and the Netherlands, keen to take a full member scalp at this tournament, took full advantage, reaching 47 for one after six overs.
Myburgh and Wesley Barresi continued to make hay and began to expand their strokeplay, running the English fielders ragged – Parry’s first over being taken for 15 in the process.
Ravi Bopara eventually made the breakthrough for England, Myburgh holing out to Alex Hales on the boundary after failing to fully connect with a full toss.
Bopara was the pick of the England bowlers, his mixture of slower balls and cutters only conceded 15 runs in his four overs as well as dismissing Myburgh.
England slowed the run rate down by taking pace off the ball and Bopara bowled well with immense control, asking the question why he hasn’t featured more prominently with the ball over the past few weeks.
England again dropped catches, with Michael Lumb and Hales both spilling chances in the deep – this time the dew was not a valid excuse, although Chris Jordan did cling onto a brilliant one handed effort to dismiss Tom Cooper.
Jos Buttler also struggled behind the stumps, missing an obvious run-out by disrupting the bails with his elbow before the ball was in his gloves.
With pace off the ball, England slowed down the scoring rate as Tom Cooper struggled to re-create his earlier form in the tournament.
The Netherlands struggled to accelerate after their brisk start as England finally performed with ball at the death of a T20 game.
England’s pursuit of 134 to win got off to a terrible start. They were reduced to 26 for three within the powerplay overs - Lumb, Hales and Morgan the men to go. Mudassar Bukhari bowled with exceptional skill and guile and was superbly aided by skipper Borren who placed himself at a wide third slip and duly took a regulation catch from a loose flashing drive from Morgan.
Borren’s luck then continued, having Moeen Ali caught at cover from his very first delivery.
England then began the slide towards inevitable defeat, which has become their hallmark this winter.
They were in serious trouble as Buttler was deceived by a slower ball bouncer from Logan Van Beek, leaving his side reeling at 42 for five.
Things turned from bad to worse as Bresnan was needlessly run out and England were already out of the game at 52 for six.
The Netherlands then turned the screw and it was impossible to tell which side was the Associate, England were once again clueless against slow bowling and even managed to play out 50 deliveries without striking a boundary during the middle overs.
Borren marshalled his troops exceptionally, with everybody knowing their role after seven games with the same 11 players.
As the rate climbed and wickets fell regularly the Dutch closed in on their second victory over England after their Lord’s heroics in 2009.
England’s sheer ineptitude was epitomised by the horror run out that ended proceedings and just about summed up their terrible winter. All out for 88.
The Dutch have performed superbly for most of this tournament and the victory against England was well deserved.
Whoever takes up the role of head coach of England has a lot of work to do.
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