Netherlands begin with victory
Tue, Jul 10, 2007 3:42 PM
The ICC Intercontinental Cup 2007-08 kicked off with a thrilling victory for the Netherlands over twice beaten finalists Canada in Toronto, before Canada responded in their next game with a crushing defeat of the United Arab Emirates.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes, also dominated by rearguard actions from both the teams, the Netherlands rode on Peter Borren's maiden first-class century and debutant Mangesh Panchal's match-winning bowling spell to canter home by 45 runs against Canada after conceding a 40-run first innings lead at the Maple Leaf South-East Ground. The Dutch made a good start when 17- year-old Alex Kervezee, who eventually scored 98, and Tom de Grooth put on 96 runs for the opening wicket.
However, after a bright start the tourists lost their way and collapsed to 234-9, before a last wicket stand of 63, with Henry Osinde taking 4-47. After finishing the opening day at 65-2, Canada looked certain to surrender the first innings lead when it slumped to 248-8 with Umar Bhatti unlikely to bat in the innings after fracturing his thumb, before Osinde and Kevin Sandher put on 91 for the ninth wicket. Peter Borren, playing his third first-class match, then hit a man-of-the-match 105, in the Netherlands 310 all out, setting Canada 271 to win.
The home team looked on course to complete a good game when it reached 105- 2. However, Mangesh Panchal had different ideas.
After Jonkman (2-38) broke the 85-run third wicket partnership between Trevin
Bastiampillai (46) and Qaiser Ali (53), Panchal got his act together and captured four wickets for 50 runs from his 11 overs as the home team was spun out for 225. Also in Toronto, Canada crushed the UAE by an innings and 228 runs, with Steve Welsh's twelve wickets in the match helping seal an easy victory. The UAE could only muster totals of 112 and 110 all out, while Canada only needed one innings in the match, in which they scored 450 all out, with Sunil Dhaniram making an outstanding 141 not out.
In the other match at Ayr, rain allowed only first day's action in which only 46 overs were bowled. UAE, put into bat, recovered from 18-3 to reach 174-4 with Saqib Ali and Khurram Khan (74) putting on 153 runs for the fourth wicket. When the match ended, Saqib Ali was 71 not out.