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White to the fore once more

Australia international Cameron White starred yet again as Northants Steelbacks claimed their second Yorkshire Bank 40 win in three days with a over the Netherlands.

Playing their last match in this year's competition, the visitors were limited to 176 for eight from 40 overs, White and Muhammad Azhar Ullah each taking two wickets.

White's 63 not out off 86 balls then helped the Steelbacks recover from an awful start to their chase and reach the target with 19 deliveries remaining to stay in the hunt for the semi-finals.

The Netherlands chose to bat but lost Stephan Myburgh for 11 in the third over when Steven Crook's delivery crashed into his off stump.

Michael Swart then went for 26 when he swept Andrew Hall straight to Matthew Spriegel at deep midwicket.

Netherlands wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi toiled to 18 off 50 balls before he was eventually put out of his misery, bowled by James Middlebrook.

Ben Cooper plundered 29 off as many deliveries, only to be trapped lbw as White claimed his first victim.

Tim Gruijters was next to depart when he was taken by Lee Daggett running in from mid-off, White claiming the wicket. Netherlands captain Peter Borren then smashed Spriegel to Kyle Coetzer at long-on.

Mudassar Bukhari perished in the final over on 28 when he played Azhar on to his stumps.

The same bowler took out Paul van Meekeren's off stump two balls later, leaving Dominic Michael unbeaten on 25.

Chasing 177, Northants lost their captain Alex Wakely when he was pinned lbw by Bukhari in the third over before David Sales pulled the same man to Michael at square-leg two overs later.

The hosts were then left struggling on 44 for four as Scotland international Coetzer and Crook both edged van Meekeren to Barresi in the ninth over.

A stand of 86 between fifth-wicket pair White and Middlebrook put the Steelbacks back on track, but it was broken when the latter was bowled for 37 by 15-year-old off-spinner Daniel Doram.

Nerves were jangling again as Swart's delivery hit Spriegel's off stump, but White helped to soothe them by completing his half-century off 66 balls as Northants edged to victory.

Hall contributed a valuable 21 not out yet, inevitably, it was White who sealed the win with two runs off a van Meekeren no-ball in the 37th over.

Highlights from Wantage Road, where Northants Steelbacks completed victory over the Netherlands