Scotland face the Netherlands on Wednesday in the opening match of the Quadrangular series between Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland and Oman. Taking place at 5:15am (GMT) at the Al Amarat Stadium, the two sides have had some cracking T20I battles over recent years. Here’s a look back at the last five meetings between the two nations in this format.
June 20, 2018 Amstelveen: Scotland won by 115 runs
In this Tri-Series match in the Netherlands Scotland batted first and got off to a flyer, captain Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey putting on 50 in 4.2 overs before the former fell. Munsey smashed 71 off just 34 balls while Richie Berrington (64) and Matt Cross (50) helped take the side to 221-3 from 20 overs. In the hosts’ reply six bowlers took wickets with spinner Hamza Tahir recording 3-26 as the Netherlands were bundled out for just 106 and Scotland won the tournament.
June 19, 2018 Amstelveen: Scotland won by seven wickets
A battling 53 from Wesley Barresi helped the Netherlands to post 160-6 batting first in this Tri-Series game. With the ball a number of players chipped in for Scotland, but Ali Evans led the way with 2-32 and spinner Mark Watt was economical with 1-18 from his four overs. In reply skipper Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey hit 42 and 46 respectively up top and then 49 from 32 balls including nine fours from Richie Berrington got the visitors home with time to spare.
January 17, 2017 Abu Dhabi: Scotland won by seven runs
In the Desert T20 Challenge match Scotland looked to be up against it batting first when they lost George Munsey, captain Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross to leave them 13-3. Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington made 20 and 38 respectively, but with them gone it was still 74-5. Craig Wallace, Con de Lange and Safyaan Sharif all helped the side up to 148-7. Josh Davey then led the way with four wickets as this one went down to the wire, the last man being run out in the final over to spark Scottish celebrations.
February 5, 2016 Dubai: Scotland won by 37 runs
In this tour match in the UAE, Scotland fell to 53-3 batting first before Matt Machan and Richie Berrington came together at the crease. The former hit 43 and the latter 42 (from just 22 balls) as the Scots posted 140-5. In the Netherlands reply, Ali Evans had Stephan Myburgh caught with the first ball and that set the tone. All of the six bowlers used took wickets with spinner Mark Watt, then just 19, the star of the show with 5-27 from his four overs to see Scotland to victory.
July 11, 2015 Edinburgh: Netherlands won by 32 runs
In this World T20 qualifier in Edinburgh, the visiting batsmen Wesley Barresi and skipper Peter Borren were on form. Barresi hit 75 opening the batting off just 40 balls including seven fours and five sixes while Borren made 57 from 28 as they posted 191-6 batting first. Ali Evans was the main man with the ball with 5-24. In Scotland’s reply they slumped to 79-7 before captain Preston Mommsen (68) and Safyaan Sharif (26) took them up over 150, but the run chase fell well short.
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Written by Gary Heatly.