Netherlands Remain On Course By Beating Kenya
Netherlands 133-3 (Szwarczynski 45) beat
Kenya 130 (Kamande 42, Seelaar 4-19) by seven wickets
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Group B, Abu Dhabi
The Netherlands' hopes of making it to a second consecutive ICC World Twenty20 competition remain alive after they beat Kenya by seven wickets with five balls to spare to book a place in the Super Fours in Abu Dhabi.
After Kenya's batting failed to fire as Pieter Seelaar and Mudassar Bukharai shared eight wickets and they were bowled out for 130, the Dutch worked themselves into a winning position thanks to 45 from Eric Szwarczynski.
Big-hitting openers Alex Obanda (5) and Steve Tikolo (0) both fell to Bukhari, who finished with four for 33, as Kenya made a poor start and they continued to lose wickets, spinner Seelaar returning four for 19, until Jimmy Kamande gave them a chance with 42 in 33 balls, striking two fours and three sixes.
Alexei Kervezee made 33 as he and Szwarzcynski put on 72 for the first wicket to break the back of the run chase, and it was left to Bas Zuiderent (23), Ryan ten Doeschate (21 not out) and Daan van Bunge (0 not out) to complete the job and help the Netherlands join the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan in the final stages of the tournament.
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