Reivers see Double Dutch in Rotterdam

21 May

South Holland Seafarers 211 all out (Gruijters 62, Myburgh 58. Iqbal 4-27) beat the Reivers (Sharif 43, Seelaar 3-20) by 65 runs.

After two wins on the opening weeekend the Reivers lost their fourth match in eight days as they failed to chase 211 at the VOC in Rotterdam. After winning the toss the Dutch team elected to bat and it seemed the correct decision as both openers stroked the ball around the ground, with 15 boundaries between them the score raced to 102 for no loss and the Reivers were looking at a mountain to climb. The Reivers were rotating their bowling options, with spinner Majid Haq given the second over to try and take some pace off the ball.

The first wicket came from the fifth bowler, who was Scott Beveridge as he managed to trap the impressive Myburgh for 58. This set about a mini-collapse, as Beveridge also took the wickets of Schoonheim and van Baren to put the score at 117/3 and bring the Reivers back in to the game. The experienced Wesley Barresi scored 23 at a run-a-ball as he set about rebuilding from the middle order ably supported by Seelaar who batted through with the tail as none of the other Seafarers batsmen were able to contribute.

The Seafarers were bowled out for 211 in the 47th overs, and after being 102/0 they will have felt that there were a lot of runs missing from the final total. From the ten wickets, nine came from the Reivers spinners, with one run-out. Although Beveridge got the initial breakthrough with his three wickets he went for 50 runs, as Iqbal returned figures of 4-27.

The run chase never got off to a great start. Hussain was dropped in the first over and Umeed was dismissed for just 2. Michael English was batting at three, and played patiently as wickets fell around him but when he was bowled by Khan, the Reivers were struggling at 55/5 with none of the top five reaching past 14.

Sensing the game was slipping away, Safyaan Sharif went on the counter-attack to hit 43 from 52 balls as he formed the only meaningful partnership for the Reivers with Majid Haq. Again the problem for the Reivers was the ability to hit boundaries and score quickly. Although they were only chasing 212 they were bowled out with more than 11 overs remaining as seven batsmen failed to make it to double figures.

A good comeback with the spin bowling in the first innings but some batting practice required this week as the Reivers will be looking to pick up morale with home fixtures at Titwood this weekend, where they face the Seafarers in the return fixture. 


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