Roach's hat-trick sinks Netherlands
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 9:32 PM
Kemar Roach celebrates
West Indies paceman Kemar Roach picked up ICC Cricket World Cup's fifth hat-trick to lead his side to a massive 215 run win over Netherlands in a Group B match at Ferozeshah Kotla ground in Delhi.
West Indies posted 330 for 8 off its 50 overs and then Roach's spell of 6-27 ensured that Netherlands was bowled out for 115 in 31.3 overs.
Earlier, Devon Smith (53: 51b, 9x4) and Chris Gayle (80: 110b, 7x4, 2x6) added 100 for the opening wicket. Later Ramnaresh Sarwan (49) helped swell the score. The stage was set for Kieron Pollard (60: 27b, 5x4, 4x6) who blasted the fastest half-century of the tournament to propel West Indies to an imposing target.
For Netherlands Pieter Seelaar was the best bowler with figures of 3-45. In its chase, except Tom Cooper (55: 72b, 9x4) none of the other batsmen offered any resistance. Cooper's stand of 57 for the seventh wicket with Mudassar Bukhari (24) was the only saving grace for the Netherlands.
For West Indies Sulieman Benn picked up 3-28 to knock over the top-order. Later Roach came back to mop up the tail, dismissing Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Westdijk off successive deliveries to pick up the fifth hat-trick in World Cup history.