Netherlands draw first blood in Glasgow

01 Jul

Netherlands 252/9 (50 overs) Swart 62, Rippon 49*, Davey 10-0-49-2, beat Scotland 208ao (45 overs) Gardiner 52, Mommsen 45, Bukhari 9-2-21-3, by 44 runs

Scotland hosted the Netherlands in the first of three One Day matches at Titwood, Glasgow under blue skies and bright sunshine (July 1).

The Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first. Scotland were forced into another change of personnel, after Matthew Cross had injured his thumb during a training session the previous day. So it was down to Calum MacLeod to take the gloves for Scotland.

He was soon called into action after Stephan Myburgh edged an Ali Evans delivery to the new wicket keeper who, despite a juggle, managed to gather the ball.

Eric Szwarczynski and Michael Swart then joined forces to put on 84 for the second wicket with some fine strokes.Evans had to leave the field and was unable to continue bowling, suffering from back spasms.

The partnership was broken when a well-directed yorker by Iain Wardlaw dismissed Szwarczynski LBW for 29 in the 21st over, with the score on 91/2.

Scotland collected wickets at regular intervals, although Swart remained defiant passing 50. He was dismissed by a tumbling Coetzer at short mid-wicket from the bowling of Leask for 62.

The tail wagged and offered support for Michael Rippon, who looked in rampant mood, striking a huge six over mid-wicket on his way to 49* from 47 deliveries.

Scotland would have been very disappointed not to have restricted the visitors to a score under 210 after being in such a commanding position.  

The Dutch innings eventually finished on a high on 252/9, as Josh Davey and Michael Leask picked up two wickets apiece.

MacLeod and Coetzer got the reply underway in some style, with MacLeod being particularly severe on anything short or wide. Coetzer departed to a diving catch, low to his right, by ‘keeper Wesley Barresi for 15.

MacLeod made his way to 37 before hitting a full toss into the hands of Paul Van Meekeren on the square-leg boundary, just as Scotland were beginning to look confortable and runs coming freely.

Hamish Gardiner and Preston Mommsen chipped away at the target, taking no unnecessary risks while running hard between the wickets.

Gardiner reached his half-century from 60 deliveries with a single to long-on. Mommsen looked to be closing in on his 50, only to pull a delivery to deep fine leg 5 runs short of the landmark.

This turned out to be the start of a mini slump for the Scots, as Berrington, Leask and Sharif all departed cheaply with Holland seizing the initiative.

Davey offered brief resistance, but the wickets kept on tumbling, as Scotland lost the last 8 wickets for 51 runs to hand the Dutch a 44 run win.  

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