Netherlands XI lose second game

Thu, Dec 2, 2010 1:08 PM

Netherlands XI lost is second straight match in Pune on Monday when it lost to a Poona Club XI by seven wickets as they build for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Netherlands XI skipper Peter Borren opted to bat first. Alexei Kervezee and Wesley Barresi started off briskly. Finally Barresi was run out for 27.

Tom Heggelman again went cheaply, and when Kervezee departed for 40 with the score on 79 and Tom de Grooth was trapped in front in the following over, the tourists' good start was in danger of being frittered away.

Borren was now joined by Mudassar Bukhari, however, and these two, neither of whom had scored on Sunday, added 41 for the fifth wicket in nine and a half overs. Borren continued after Bukhari fell for 22, going on to make a fine 61, from 78 deliveries with eight boundaries. He was lent further support by Adeel Raja with 20, but the innings closed on 195 in the 44th over.

With Berend Westdijk putting in a much better performance with the new ball and picking up two wickets and Mark Jonkman, bowling for the first time since his suspension, also collecting one, the local side were in trouble in their turn at 42 for three.

That was to be the last success for the Dutch XI attack, however, as Ajinkya Naik (79 not out) and Vikram Bhosale (64 not out) put on 158 for the fourth wicket to see their side home with a comfortable twelve overs to spare.

Borren tried nine bowlers, but no-one was able to make a real impression, and Westdijk's figures of two for 26 from seven overs and a tidy spell from Pieter Seelaar, who conceded just 23 runs in his six overs, were the only really positive signs. One disturbing feature of the card was the total of 22 wides conceded by the tourists' attack.

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