Dutch strike first blow against Zimbabwe XI

Sat, Jul 24, 2010 12:38 PM

Dutch strike first blow against Zimbabwe XI
The Netherlands comfortably defeated a Zimbabwe XI by 58 runs in their limited-overs meeting on Friday (July 23) in Amstelveen.

The Dutch warmed-up nicely for the Intercontinental Cup match between the same teams, which starts on Sunday, by dismissing their opponent cheaply in a low-scoring encounter.

Mudassar Bukhari (3-31) and Maurits Jonkman (3-18) were the pick of the bowlers as the Zimbabweans could only muster 136 all out in response to the home team's 194-9 from their 50 overs.

That represented something of a recovery for the Dutch as they seemed in danger of failing to see out their full allocation when they slumped to 127-6 in the 39th over.

Wesley Barresi (47) and Ruud Nijman (23) then added 50 for the seventh-wicket to ensure their bowlers had a worthwhile target to defend.

Tom Cooper (49) was the only top order batsman to flourish as the Zimbabwe bowlers chipped steadily away.

Ed Rainsford claimed 3-39 while young right-arm seamer Nathan Waller turned in the impressive figures of 2-24 from his 10 overs.

Charles Coventry's 31 was the highest score in a lacklustre reply, with Zimbabwe further hampered by Sean Williams being unable to bat after injuring himself in the field.

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