Myburgh and Bukhari sink Worcs
Stephan Myburgh struck 74 and Mudassar Bukhari took 3-29 as the Netherlands eased to a nine-wicket Duckworth/Lewis win over Worcestershire in a rain-ravaged Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Kidderminster.
Opener Myburgh smacked four sixes and seven fours to power his side to a revised victory target of 139 off 19 overs with 13 balls to spare.
In a Group A clash which was switched to Kidderminster because of flooding at New Road, on-song Myburgh was the Netherlands’ hero for the second successive match.
Yesterday he hammered 77 when they beat Gloucestershire by one run in a thriller at Bristol.
He confidently took centre stage for a second time after paceman Bukhari had struck thrice in a game that began as a 27-overs-a-side affair.
Vikram Solanki’s knock of 63 enabled the Royals to post 172 for four, but further rain reduced the Netherlands' target to 139.
It was a score the visitors safely reached thanks to Myburgh and Cameron Borgas, who was unbeaten on 55 thanks to a trio of sixes and five fours. They put on an unbroken 132, which spanned 14 overs.
Play finally got under way at 3.45pm in front of a sparse crowd with Worcestershire, having been put in, losing Moeen Ali when he offered a high two-handed catch to Tim Gruijters at mid-on off Bukhari.
Michael Klinger only lasted nine deliveries before he moved up to a Tommy Heggelman ball and was comfortably caught at mid-off by Tom Cooper.
It reduced Worcestershire to 32 for two in the eighth over and left Solanki and James Cameron to lift their side past 50 in the 12th over.
The darker rain clouds began to gather again, however, as both batsmen battled to keep the scoreboard ticking along.
But despite the steady drizzle they went on to complete a well-earned half-century partnership in 10 overs before taking Worcestershire into three figures.
Solanki completed his fifty, containing one six and two fours, off 69 deliveries before Cameron, attempting to force the pace, was snapped up at deep midwicket by Heggelman off Bukhari for 38.
He had put on 78 in 15 overs with Solanki, who was joined by Daryl Mitchell, the skipper rapidly moving on to 20 before being put down by Heggelman at deep cover.
He capitalised by adding 41 in 23 balls with Solanki, who was finally caught on the boundary by Michael Swart off Bukhari after hitting one six and a quartet fours off 80 balls. Mitchell ended unbeaten on 31 off 15 deliveries.
After a delay because of further rain, the Netherlands launched their reply in far from ideal conditions and soon lost Michael Swart to seamer Jack Shantry.
A heavier downpour soon forced the players to head for shelter before the visitors initial revised target of 152 off 22 overs changed for the final time following the loss of three overs.