England wrap up 3-0 ODI series win over Netherlands as Roy hits unbeaten century

By Sports Desk June 22, 2022

England raced to an eight-wicket ODI win over the Netherlands with almost 20 overs to spare, rounding off a 3-0 series triumph in style as Jason Roy hit an unbeaten century.

Having followed up last week's world-record ODI total of 498 with another six-wicket victory on Sunday, England had the opportunity to seal a series whitewash, which they seized in ruthless fashion as Roy (101 not out) and Jos Buttler (86no) starred.

England originally looked set to endure a more challenging contest when the Netherlands reached 203-3, but the hosts' spectacular collapse with the bat – in which David Willey (4-36) was influential – set the stage for another comfortable chase from the tourists.

Having been put in to bat by stand-in England skipper Buttler, the Netherlands recovered from Willey's fifth-over dismissal of Vikramjit Singh (6) to build a solid platform, with Tom Cooper the next to fall for 33 after the hosts reached 88-2.

The trio of Max O'Dowd (50), Bas de Leede (56) and captain Scott Edwards (64) went well before Willey took advantage of a total collapse as the hosts squandered their opportunity to set an imposing target.

Yorkshire fast-bowler Willey watched on as Liam Livingstone (1-40), Brydon Carse (2-49) and David Payne (1-38) accounted for the aforementioned trio, finishing with four wickets of his own after dismissing Logan van Beek (0), Aryan Dutt (0) and Paul van Meekeren (2) late on as the hosts were bowled out for just 244.

The Netherlands struggled to make early inroads in the field as England reached 85 without loss, though Van Meekeren's (2-59) patience was rewarded when he followed up the removal of Phil Salt (49) by sending David Malan packing for a duck within two balls.

But that proved to be the only blip of a dominant batting display, with the imperious duo of Roy and Buttler finishing unbeaten as the rest of the Dutch attack failed to take a single wicket, Buttler finishing a comfortable outing in fitting fashion with a six at the start of the 31st over.

Roy brings up double figures

Roy's 101 allowed England to race to victory in just over 30.1 overs, and represented the 10th ODI century of his England career. He is just the third opening batsman to reach that tally for the side, after Marcus Trescothick and Jonny Bairstow. 

Willey takes four as England ease to victory

Having gone 2-42 and 2-46 in England's first two wins over the Netherlands, Willey stepped it up another notch with a superb four-wicket haul, skittling the hosts as their early momentum dissipated ahead of a comfortable England chase. 

Dutch opener Vikramjit will be particularly glad to see the back of Willey, who has sent him packing in each of the series' three contests.

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