McCallum powers Scotland to easy win over Canada; Afghanistan to start its 238-run chase against Ireland on Sunday
Photographs from the Scotland v Canada match available for free downloading through ICC FTP site; images from Ireland v Afghanistan match available through Getty Images
The Netherlands shrugged off Thursday's last-over disappointments with a 117-run victory over Kenya in the second round match of the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 at VCC in Voorburg on Saturday.
The Dutch, which lost to Scotland by one wicket in its opener, made amends for a late batting collapse against the African side by bowling and fielding brilliantly to successfully defend a 230-run target, dismissing the 2007 champion for 112 in 30 overs.
Elsewhere, Neil McCallum celebrated becoming Scotland's most-capped One-Day International player by stroking a well-constructed 89 not out in his side's 69 runs victory over Canada on the Duckworth-Lewis calculations at VCC in Amstelveen, while intermittent rain prevented Afghanistan from starting its 238-run chase after Ireland had capitalized on some poor fielding to post 237-9 in 50 overs at VOC in Rotterdam. The Asian side will start its innings on Sunday.
Bolstered with the inclusion of Alexei Kervezee from English county Worcestershire, the Dutch were on course for a big score when they reached 196-3 in the 40th over after being sent into bat, Kervezee's share being 92, before losing their way completely to finish on 229 in 49.2 overs.
The 20-year-old Kervezee was in sublime form as he clobbered 11 fours and a six in a 89-ball knock and dominated a 123-run second wicket stand with Tom Cooper, who registered his third half-century in as many ODIs while scoring a watchful 67 from 98 balls with three fours.
After Kervezee departed, falling eight short of his maiden century, Cooper found another good ally in Wesley Barresi (24) as the two batsmen put on 53 runs for the fourth wicket. However, Cooper's dismissal triggered a sensational collapse as the home side lost its last seven wickets for 32 runs in 58 balls.
James Kamadane was the bowler who brought Kenya back in the match with figures of 4-36 while James Ngoche (2-39) and Thomas Odoyo (2-26) supported him well.
The 230-run target proved to be too stiff for the Africans which, for the second successive match, put up a dismal batting performance and crashed out for 112 runs after being 80-3 at one stage. Only Collins Obuya offered any prolonged resistance with made 29 while Adeel Raja and Peter Borren took two wickets apiece.
In Amstelveen, McCallum passed Gavin Hamilton's mark of 36 ODI appearances and made the occasion a special one for himself by producing a man of the match performance that gave his side a second successive victory in the tournament.
McCallum, 32, stroked his fourth ODI half-century while scoring 89 not out that came off 78 balls and included seven fours and four sixes. Together with Richie Berrington, who scored a 91-ball 67 with three fours and two sixes, McCallum added 124 runs in 23 overs.
McCallum was in devastating form as his last 39 runs came off just 13 deliveries and included three fours and three sixes. It was his powerful hitting that helped Scotland collect 52 runs in the batting powerplay between the 45th and 49th overs.
Canada slumped to 79-6 in 21 overs in response, not helped by two interruptions for rain, and when play resumed they found themselves with a near-impossible target of 196 from a total of 26 overs, a target made so stiff because of that high number of wickets lost. It eventually finished at 126-9 to lose by 69 runs.
Scotland's joy at its victory was tempered a little by the news that top-order batsman Gregor Maiden is set to miss the rest of the event with a damaged right thumb.
Maiden took a blow from a delivery by Canada pace bowler Colvert Hooper and although he batted on in discomfort before eventually being dismissed for 30, team officials later said the injury was serious and they would be set to seek a replacement.
McCallum, reacting to becoming the most capped Scotland player, said: "I don't play for records and I wasn't aware of it until I was told after I batted. If you play for any length of time then those things will follow and it's gratifying. But the main thing is that the team is playing well."
And reflecting on the match he added: "We knew Canada would be a difficult game and by deciding to bat first we knew we had to give ourselves a chance by getting a total to defend. Myself and Richie Berrington managed to put a partnership together. In the dressing room we always talk about getting 100-plus stands and it was good that we did just that.
"It was a totally different surface from the one we played against the Dutch on Thursday. We knew it wouldn't be easy up front but we still opted to try and put a total on the board and all the batsmen did well in tough conditions. The top order had to work so hard to take the shine off the ball and keep wickets intact and Richie and I took advantage when the hardness went off the ball."
McCallum said his side was looking forward to Monday's match against traditional rival Ireland. He said: "We're very pleased with the way things are going at the moment. We took a lot of confidence from the way we played against India A last week and although the Dutch game on Thursday could have gone either way we'll take that win, and this performance against Canada sets us up nicely for our match with Ireland.
"It's a cliche but we've not looked beyond this match at this stage. We'll just take each game as it comes, do the basics well if we can, and if we can do that then the rest should take care of itself."
At Rotterdam, Afghanistan dropped no less than half a dozen catches that allowed defending champion Ireland to recover to 237-9 in 50 overs. Andrew Poynter finished as the top scorer with a fine 78 that came off 109 balls and included six fours and a six.
However, it was a 28-ball cameo from captain Trent Johnston that lifted his side to a decent score. Johnston clubbed two fours and two sixes in a 28-ball 42 not out, including 15 off the last over from Mohammad Nabi.
For Afghanistan, Hamid Hassan took 3-53 while Khaliq Dad claimed 2-27.
Afghanistan will start its run-chase tomorrow (Sunday) at 1100 (0900 GMT).
Scores in brief:
At VRA, Amstelveen, Scotland beat Canada by 69 runs (D/L method)
Scotland 236-4, 50 overs
(Neil McCallum 89 not out, Richie Berrington 67, Gregor Maiden 30; Umar Bhatti 2-29)
Canada 126-9, 26 overs
(Hiral Patel 37, Umar Bhatti 26; Gordon Goudie 3-18, Ross Lyons 2-23)
Man of the match
: Neil McCallum (Scotland)
Scotland 2 Canada 0
At VOC, Rotterdam, match in progress
237-9, 50 overs (Andrew Poynter 78, Kevin O'Brien 44, Trent Johnston 42 not out, Andrew White 31; Hamid Hassan 3-53, Khaliq Dad 2-27)
At VCC, Voorburg, the Netherlands beat Kenya by 117 runs
229 all out, 49.2 overs (Alexei Kervezee 92, Tom Cooper 67, Wesley Barresi 24; James Kamande 4-36, Thomas Odoyo 2-26, James Ngoche 2-39)
Kenya 112 all out, 30 overs
(Collins Obuya 29; Adeel Raja 2-3, Peter Borren 2-26)
Man of the match:
Alexei Kervezee (The Netherlands)
The Netherlands 2 Kenya 0
Points table after second round
*Match between Ireland and Afghanistan to be completed on Sunday, 4 July.
Kenya v Afghanistan, VRA, Amstelveen
Netherlands v Canada, VOC, Rotterdam
Ireland v Scotland, VCC, Voorburg
Play starts 1100 local time (0900 GMT