Dutch and Derbyshire all square
The Netherlands and Derbyshire tied a pulsating Clydesdale Bank 40 contest at Deventer, a result that briefly put the Falcons a point clear at the top of Group A.
Both posted 163 for nine from 40 overs as the Dutch, who moved up to fourth, halted a sequence of three consecutive defeats following surprise victories in their first two games - the second against today's opponents.
Middlesex's victory over Worcestershire in a day/night game at Lord's later saw them take over from Derbyshire at the summit.
Number eight Mudassar Bukhari’s attacking 41 from 25 balls rescued the Dutch innings, which had been damaged by Greg Smith’s 3-39 on a seamer-friendly pitch that saw off-spinner Azeem Rafiq not used.
Left-arm seamer Shane Mott starred with the ball in Derbyshire’s pursuit with 4-29, claiming the visitors’ first three wickets and returning to remove Garry Park whose 38 had kept Derbyshire on course for victory.
Having been put into bat, the hosts made a stodgy start with Smith snaring Eric Szwarczynski for 11 before Jonathan Clare struck twice in an over to remove Tom Cooper for 16 and Michael Swart for a second-ball duck.
Opener Wesley Barresi held firm until he was caught behind off Smith for a painstaking 17 from 53 deliveries and Park soon had Wilfred Diepeveen caught and bowled for 13.
Smith’s third wicket came when Peter Borren was caught behind for 16, but Tom de Grooth and Bukhari responded with a 49-run alliance. Smith ended that by running out the former for 25.
Bukhari breathed life into the innings with eight fours until he fell to Steffan Jones, who immediately bowled Tom Heggelman. At the end of the innings Mott was unbeaten on eight and Pieter Seelaar one.
The Dutch constrained their opponents’ reply with regular wickets, starting with Mott bowling Chesney Hughes for nought in the first over.
Wes Durston looked set to continue his impressive batting form until he was caught behind off Mott for a run-a-ball 24, featuring five fours, and the seamer broke through again to dismiss Smith for 12.
Opener Usman Khawaja’s resistance ended when Borren had him caught behind for 17 but Wayne Madsen and Park combined to put Derbyshire back on track.
Bukhari had the match back in the balance with Madsen’s wicket for 20 and captain Luke Sutton was soon bowled by Seelaar.
Swart trapped Clare in front and then halted a dangerous partnership between Park and Rafiq by snaring the latter for 18.
Park’s wicket left the visitors' last pair of Jones and Tim Groenewald needing 15 from 11 balls and they fell short by the narrowest of margins, unbeaten on 11 and four respectively.