Netherlands Humble Bangladesh In Glasgow ODI
Netherlands 200-4 (Szwarczynski 67, Barresi 64no) beat
Bangladesh 199-7 (Imrul Kayes 52, Borren 3-30) by six wickets
Only One-Day International, Glasgow
The Netherlands produced a fine performance to beat Bangladesh by six wickets in their one-off One-Day International at Glasgow in a match that was reduced to a 30 overs per side because of bad weather.
After Bangladesh managed a creditable but not insurmountable 199 for seven from their innings, the Netherlands hit back by reaching 200 for four with seven balls to spare to register their first victory against the Test-playing nation for more than 13 years.
Their heroes were opener Eric Szwarczynski, who made 67 in 53 balls and Wesley Barresi, who thumped an unbeaten 64 in 44 balls to confirm a memorable win for a Dutch side that could only finish fourth at the recent ICC World Cricket League Division One event - effectively ranking them as the 14th-best ODI side in the world.
Rankings counted for nothing once play eventually got underway and there was a rare failure for Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who fell for just two before Imrul Kayes (52), Junaid Siddique (31) and Jahurul Islam (41) steered Bangladesh towards a competitive score.
They were unable to break 200, however, thanks to Peter Borren's haul of three for 30 and two wickets apiece for Mudhassar Bukhari and Mark Jonkman.
Szwarczynski then smacked seven fours and three sixes to get the run chase off to a flyer and even the wickets of Alexei Kervezee (15), Tom Cooper (8) and Borren (5) failed to get Bangladesh back into the game as the runs continued to come quickly.
Szwarczynski's dismissal set the stage for Barresi, who came in and blasted 11 fours to see his side to victory and alongside him was Bas Zuiderent, who compiled an unbeaten 35 in 43 balls.
Zuiderent was playing when the Netherlands last beat Bangladesh back in 1997 in a reduced 40-over ICC Trophy warm-up game in Kuala Lumpur.
You have to go as far back as 1994 for the Netherlands' last victory in a full 50-over game, which came in the group stage of the ICC Trophy in Nairobi.
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