Netherlands Thrash Dismal Canada

Stephen Myburgh, pictured here playing Ireland, smashed 52 in 33 balls to confirm a Netherlands win
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Netherlands 70-1 (Myburgh 52no) beat
Canada 67 (van Gugten 5-24) by 9 wickets
ICC World Cricket League Championship, King City

The Netherlands bowled Canada out for just 67 on their way to a nine-wicket win in their second ICC World Cricket League Championship One-Day International in King City.

Timm van Gugten picked up figures of five for 24 as Canada were dismissed in just 24.4 overs and Stephen Myburgh then hammered 52 not out in 33 balls to confirm victory in just 10.4 overs of the reply.

The crushing win lifts the Netherlands three points clear of third-placed Afghanistan in the race to join Ireland as an automatic qualifier for the 2015 World Cup as well as boosting their net run-rate considerably.

A stunning opening spell from van Gugten left Canada in complete disarray at seven for five and then 10 for six when he completed his five-wicket haul by dismissing Ashish Bagai (3).

Van Gugten bowled Hiral Patel for nought, trapped Ruvindu Gunasekera in front for one and then had Nitish Kumar (0), Bagai and Raza-ur-Rehman (0) caught behind by Wesley Barresi.

Mudassar Bukhari bowled Jimmy Hansra for a golden duck to complete the clatter of wickets before Damodar Daesrayth restored a touch of respectability with 31 and Junaid Siddiqui 12.

The pair put on 34 to score more than half of Canada's total before Pieter Seelaar removed both, and then both Kenneth Kamyuka and Harvir Baidwan for two apiece to end Canada's innings.

The left-arm spinner completed figures of four for 15 in 4.4 overs.

The Netherlands lost Mitchell Swart for six when he was caught by Bagai off Jeremy Gordon but that was as good as it got for Canada.

Myburgh then took the bowling apart, smashing six fours and two sixes to hurry the Netherlands home to victory alongside Barresi, who made eight not out in 19 balls.

The Netherlands have now completed their programme of matches and their latest result means that Afghanistan, Scotland and United Arab Emirates must win both of their remaining games to keep themselves in the hunt.

ICC WCL Latest Standings: Ireland 20 points from 12 games, Netherlands 18 points from 14 games, Afghanistan, Scotland 15 points from 12 games, UAE 14 points from 12 games, Kenya 10 points from 12 games, Canada 4 points from 14 games, Namibia 4 points from 12 games.

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