Rambaldo leads Netherlands to European success

Sat, Aug 20, 2011 10:41 AM

Rambaldo leads Netherlands to European success
Helmien Rambaldo led the Netherlands to their first European Women's Championship, making an unbeaten 106 as her side achieved a comprehensive 94-run victory over Scotland in the final game of the tournament.

It was Rambaldo's first international century, and it enabled the Dutch to reach a daunting 246 for three. Dropped at slip off Kathryn White before she had scored, she proceeded to bat throughout the innings, and faced a total of 132 deliveries, hitting five boundaries.

She was given great support by Carolien Salomons, who shared in a second-wicket partnership of 151 and contributed a solid 100-ball 71 before she was run out by a direct hit from point by Leigh Kasperek, who threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end as the Dutch batsmen attempted a quick single.

A further run-out, this time by Samantha Haggo removed Esther Lanser, but then Carlijn de Groot helped Rambaldo add another 50 in the closing overs, the Dutch skipper reaching her century shortly before the end of the innings. White was the most economical of the Scottish attack, conceding 23 from her eight overs.

The Dutch had set a target which always seemed likely to be beyond the Scottish batsmen, although Catherine Smaill and Fiona Urquhart gave them their best start of the week with an opening stand of 34.

But then Lanser removed both openers, and although Kari Anderson and Kasperek added 75 for the third wicket, accurate Dutch bowling and defensive fields ensured that it took them 23 overs to do so. That meant that the Scots were steadily falling behind the required run rate.

It was Evelien Gerrits, brought into the side for this final game, who broke the stalemate by bowling Anderson for a 72-ball 36, and when she added the scalp of the dangerous White in her next over it was the start of a rapid Scottish decline.

Haggo batted positively but too briefly for 13, and then Kasperek, on 40, was a little unfortunate to see the ball roll into her stumps from a full-length delivery from Esther de Lange. Both wickets had fallen on 140, and there had been no addition to the score when Charlotte Bascombe fell to Laura Brouwers.

113 for two had become 140 for seven, and worse was to follow for Scotland: Sahar Aslam was run out attempting an ambitious third run off a no ball – the Scots' tenth run-out in four matches – and almost immediately Priyanaz Chatterji became the eleventh.

Abbi Aitken and Lorna Jack added eight for the last wicket, but then Jolet Hartenhof bowled the latter to finish the match and start the Dutch celebrations at their second European title of the week. Lanser finished with two for 28 from ten overs, and Gerrits with two for 24 from nine.

Brief scores from today's matches:

Kampong CC: Netherlands 246-3, 50 overs (H Rambaldo 106*, C Salomons 71)

Scotland 152, 48.5 overs (L Kasparek 40, K Anderson 36)

Netherlands won by 94 runs

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