Ryan ten Doeschate stroked his 16th first-class century and led the Netherlands' fight back against Kenya on the opening day of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Nairobi Gymkhana on Saturday.
The visitors were in dire straits at 75-4 after electing to bat first before the Essex batsman walked in and pulled his side out of hot waters by returning undefeated on 129 as the Netherlands closed the day at 276-6.
Ten Doeschate's century came off 141 balls with 12 fours and four sixes. He has so far faced 175 balls and has slapped 13 fours and four sixes.
Ten Doeschate received excellent support from captain Peter Borren (44) as the two batsmen put on 113 runs for the fifth wicket to lift the score to 188-5.
Ten Doeschate then found another good ally in Atse Buurman with whom he has so far added 83 runs for the unbroken seventh wicket. Buurman's contribution in the partnership is 26 not out.
For Kenya, fast bowler Nehemiah Odhiambo was the most successful bowler with 3-62.
Scores in brief:
At Nairobi Gymkhana, Nairobi (day one):
Netherlands 276-6 (Ryan ten Doeschate 129 not out, Peter Borren 44; Nehemiah Odhiambo 3-62) v Kenya
Scorecard and points table available at http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/index.php
There will be a total of US$250,000 in prize money for the Associate and Affiliate teams taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup with US$100,000 for the winners and US$40,000 for the runners-up.
Having previously been designed around a two-group, three-day format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.
This year's format include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI), while the new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield, involves the four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.
Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.
Go to http://www.icc-cricket.com/events_and_awards/intercontinental_cup/index.php
to find out more.