Windies survive Dutch scare to win by 54 runs (D/L)

By March 12, 2018
Evin Lewis top scored with 84 but Windies survive Dutch fightback to win by 54 runs (D/L) Evin Lewis top scored with 84 but Windies survive Dutch fightback to win by 54 runs (D/L)

Despite defending 309, the Windies survived a scare before going on to win by 54 runs over the Netherlands during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe on Monday.

Set 310 to win, the Netherlands after the loss of two early wickets, mounted a counter-attack that rattled the Caribbean side.

After Scott Edwards was needlessly run out for one and Ben Cooper bowled by Kemar Roach for 2 to have the Dutch 29 for 2, Wesley Baressi and Ryan ten Doeschate mounted a counter-attack that saw them smashing the Windies bowling to all parts. Baressi, who began relatively slowly, eventually woke up smashing eight fours in in 77-ball 64.

At the other end, ten Doeschate got rolling almost immediately racing to an unbeaten 67 off 62 balls with four fours and a six, as the Netherlands put on a 113-run stand for the third-wicket in just 16.4 overs.

The pair seemed poised to take the match away from the Windies when Baressi was run out by a direct hit from Evin Lewis from deep, triggering a middle-order collapse that let gave the Caribbean a glimmer of hope. A second run out occurred five balls later when ten Doeschate skied a free hit from Kesrick Williams and decided to go for two runs as the ball descended from the clouds.

It proved a costly decision as Peter Borren was run out by Nurse going for that second run. The Dutch were suddenly 147 for 4 and sliding fast. Seven balls later the match was virtually over when Roelof van der Merwe came down the pitch to Nurse and was stumped by Shai Hope for 2.

By the time Pieter Seelaar was caught Chris Gayle off Williams’ bowling three overs later for 7 and the Netherlands 167 for 6, the rains came mercifully to spare the Dutch from further embarrassment.

Earlier, having been sent in to bat the Windies got off to a fast start as Gayle and Lewis blasted 85 off 51 balls before the former went to a brilliant catch by van der Merwe off the bowling of Paul van Meekeren for 46.

It was the six-machine at his brutal best hitting five sixes and two fours in his 31-ball cameo.

Lewis would go on to top score with 84 during which he featured in partnerships of 38 with Shimron Hetmeyer who made 10, and 41 with Marlon Samuels, before he was dismissed by Borren. His innings included six fours and four sixes and came off 92 balls.

Following Lewis’ departure at 164 for 3, Hope and Jason Holder went quickly for seven and eight respectively as the Windies lost their way at 205 for 5 with 14 overs and two balls to go.

However, Samuels, who has been struggling for runs during the qualifiers, finally found some form after another slow start. He found a useful partner in Rovman Powell, who powered to a 38-ball 52 in a 99-run partnership.

Powell got out going for a fourth six with five balls left but Samuels remained unbeaten on 73 (5x4) as the Windies recovered to 309 for 6.

Van Meekeren was the best of the Dutch bowlers with figures of 2 for 37 while there were two wickets each for Borren and van de Merwe.

It was the fourth straight win for the Windies who are unbeaten in the qualifiers and have topped Group A with the maximum eight points.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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