A determined and resolute batting performance by The Netherlands was enought for them to force a dra

Wed, Aug 8, 2007 6:20 PM

A determined and resolute batting performance by The Netherlands was enought for them to force a draw against Ireland on Day Two of their clash at Broughty Ferry.

The odds had been stacked heavily against them when they resumed 283 runs adrift on a very precarious 87 for 5. The rearguard action by Timothy Gruijters and Lesley Browers saw them add 106 for the 6th wicket to take their team to a healthy 208 for 6 at lunch.

Gruijters was the only wicket to fall in that morning session - bowled by Robert Smith for 84, which came off 151 deliveries and contained 10 boundaries.

The Irish were becoming increasingly frustrated by their inability to take quick wickets, and uniquely used all ten outfield players in their bowling, trying to take the remaining wickets.

Leslie Brouwers proved an obdurate force, combining watchful defence with the occasional boundary. He was eventually bowled by the first day centurion, Ben Ackland for 63. He had faced 176 balls in total, with 3 boundaries.

Ackland then wrapped up the tail, as the last 3 wickets fell for just the addition of just 5 runs. The Netherlands final total saw them on 261 all out in 95.1 overs. Robert Smith (4-49), Ben Ackland (3-32), and Graham Mc Donnell (2-37), were the most successful with the ball for the Irish.

Rather than enforce the follow on, the Irish opted to go for quick batting points, and once again scored quickly. They did this time lose early wickets, with Paul Stirling (14), Ben Ackland (32), and Graham Mc Donnell (9) all back in the pavilion with 72 on the board.

The depth of the batting was shown by a superb 106 in just 96 balls from Andrew Balbirnie, which included 11 fours. He shared in a 166 run stand for the 4th wicket with Jamie Shannon (63).

Both were dismissed with the total on 238, and a further 46 runs were put on by Lee Nelson (19*), and Shane Getkate (25), before play closed with the score on 284 for 6.

Olivier Klaus (3-48), Timothy Gruijters (1-56), Leslie Brouwers (1-52) and Floris Kingma (1-30) were the wicket takers for The Netherlands.

Ireland claimed 22 points from the fixture, while Netherlands finished with 6, having been deducted a point for their slow over rate during the game.

At Lochlands Scotland’s first objective was to secure a first innings lead. They set off at a steady pace against some accurate Danish bowling and got to lunch with only the loss of Freddie Coleman and Craig Wallace.

After lunch the tempo was increased as Euan Chalmers and Richie Lamb set about the Danish attack, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. When Chalmers reached a deserved hundred from 112 deliveries the Scots declared with his partner unbeaten on 73. They had scored 178 which is the highest partnership for the fourth wicket in the championships and the third highest in all competitions. An overall lead of 46

The Scots were looking for quick wickets but again their attack was off line as the Danish openers put on 44 for the first wicket in quick time. The introduction of spin slowed the run rate down as wickets started to fall at regular to reduce the Danes to 104 for 6 but a 33 run partnership between captain Aftab Ahmed and Taha Ahmed saw vital runs put on the board as well as using up valuable overs.

By the time they were out the Scots were only able to capture a further two wickets to give them another bonus point but in the end had to settle for a draw with the better share of points

Scotland will now play The Netherlands and Denmark face Ireland, both games taking place in the Kingdom of Fife starting tomorrow.

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