Netherlands 264-8 (ten Doeschate 98no) beat
Kenya 263-5 (Waters 126, Patel 64) by 2 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up, Colombo
Ryan ten Doeschate marshalled the Netherlands to a thrilling two-wicket win over Kenya with an unbeaten 98 that ensured they clinched an ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 warm-up match with five balls to spare.
Experienced all-rounder ten Doeschate guided his side to 264 for eight after Seren Waters' unbeaten 126 had seen Kenya rack up 263 for five.
Waters faced 130 balls, hitting 12 fours as he anchored Kenya's innings, which was given a late boost when Rakep Patel blasted an unbeaten 64 in 59 deliveries with seven boundaries. The pair put on 129 for the fourth wicket to put Kenya in sight of what appeared to be a winning score.
David Obuya and Morris Ouma both scored 20 before two wickets from ten Doeschate and one apiece from Bernard Loots and Pieteer Seelaar kept the Dutch side in the game.
Alexei Kervezee then smashed 49 in 33 balls at the top of the order to get the run chase off to a flyer and he was backed up by Eric Szwarczynski (26) and Tom Cooper (22) before ten Doeschate came to the crease.
He was at the other end as Peter Borren (1), Bas Zuiderent (1), Wesley Barresi (10) and Tom de Grooth (0) all departed cheaply, leaving the score a precarious 130 for seven.
Ten Doeschate then formed match-turning partnerships of 82 with Atse Buurman, whose share was 29, and then 52 with Mudassar Bukhari, who played his part with 20 not out in 15 balls as the Netherlands used all of their reserves and fighting qualities to clinch an important win.
Their victory came despite the best efforts of Steve Tikolo, who grabbed four wickets for 39 runs by dismissing Zuiderent, Barresi, de Grooth and Buurman but even his performance was not enough for Kenya.
Kenya and the Netherlands are both priced at 2000/1 for World Cup victory with and begin their campaigns with matches against New Zealand on 20th February and England on 22nd February respectively.
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