Cooper enjoys debut to remember
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 9:58 AM
Netherlands batsman Tom Cooper steered his side to a six-wicket victory in their ODI against Scotland in Rotterdam.
Cooper hit the winning run with just three balls to spare as his persevering innings of 80 not out paid dividends for the hosts.
The Australian, who holds a Dutch passport, only hit three boundaries in his 125-ball knock but he held his nerve when Scotland looked capable of forcing their way back into the game following a couple of late wickets.
Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate was the first of those - third man out for a typically aggressive 90 off 101 balls - after a partnership of 158 with Cooper.
The third-wicket pair were chiefly responsible for the Netherlands reaching their target after Scotland had posted a par score of 235-6.
Ten Doeschate (10-0-38-2) was the pick of the Dutch bowlers as he brought the outstanding form he has been showing in English county cricket, with Essex, onto the international scene.
Adeel Raja (2-16) was also effective in his short stint of five overs as the Scottish batsmen weren’t quite able to break free of the shackles enforced upon them.
Richie Berrington (84 off 92 balls) was the batting mainstay for the visitors but no other batsman passed 31 - a statistic that ultimately proved decisive when the Netherlands found two heavy scorers in the reply.