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Northants brush Netherlands aside

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Nicky Boje

Nicky Boje smashed an unbeaten 24 off 15 deliveries before picking up a wicket as the Netherlands fell short

The Netherlands slipped to their seventh defeat in nine Clydesdale Bank 40 matches as Northamptonshire beat them by 32 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in Rotterdam.

Interruptions by rain meant Northamptonshire were restricted to 27 overs and they posted a competitive 150 for five, Alex Wakely top-scoring with 35.

Further breaks meant the Netherlands’ target was revised to 139 from 22 overs, but it was a task they never looked like coming close to completing.

Mal Loye and Rob Newton put on 36 for the first wicket for Northants before Bernard Loots removed both, and Wakely then added 59 for the third with David Sales, who made 28.

With both partnerships interrupted by rain stoppages, some late runs were needed and Nicky Boje provided them, hitting an unbeaten 24 off 15 balls.

Elton Chigumbura removed both Netherlands openers in the second over of their reply, and by the time the weather struck again the hosts were 69 for five.

Bas Zuiderent straddled the stoppage with his 35, but when he was the sixth wicket to fall, bowled by Andrew Hall, the hosts had nothing left to offer and their innings closed on 106 for nine.

Chigumbura, Hall and Lee Daggett each took two wickets, the latter for just 11 runs in four overs.