Netherlands clinch I-Cup win over Scotland
Netherlands 210 & 123 (20 points) beat Scotland 133 & 156 (64.2 ov) (0 points) by 44 runs [Scorecard]
The Netherlands secured all 20 points on the final day of their Intercontinental Cup match with Scotland in Voorburg in what proved to be and entertaining low-scoring encounter.
The final day started with the important wicket of captain Preston Mommsen when he edged van der Merwe for 18, with 149 runs required and 6 wickets remaining.
Davey was dismissed two overs later in strange fashion from a sharp catch by Myburgh, although the fielder had not realised there was any bat involved. Following a discussion between the umpires, the finger was raised.
Rob Taylor and Richie Berrington knuckled down to wrestle the momentum back into Scotland’s favour with the highest partnership of the match, worth 93 runs.
Berrington reached 59 from 143 balls but was then trapped in-front by the leg-spin of Rippon just before lunch to give the Dutch bowlers a huge boost.
On the resumption Netherlands captain, Borren's decision to turn his arm over proved to be a match winning decision as he removed Cross and Con de Lange in successive deliveries, with Scotland still searching for the 51 runs required.
Taylor passed his half century – taking his total of runs in the match to 98 – but fell when he edged a delivery behind to the ‘keeper Barresi.
The points were wrapped up for the hosts when Borren claimed his fourth wicket, after conceding only a solitary run, to clean bowl Alasdair Evans first ball.
At the conclusion of the match Grant Bradburn said, “It’s been a tough four days of battle, and was an intense three days play and, of course, disappointing not to finish on the right side of the ledger, but we have to tip the hat and say they scrapped well in the dog-fight and did enough to get over the line.
We knew from early on in the game that runs were going to be hard to come by and you were going to have to work really hard to earn runs, with the track keeping on the lower-side and little bit of seam and spin in the first few days.
We just lacked another really big partnership, like we had between Rob and Richie today, and were undone by the break really, with Richie getting out just before lunch and then Peter Borren doing the damage to finish us off.
We were out-scrapped in the end, and just needed to hold on for a bit longer during our innings.“