Holland see off Scotland

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Alexei Kervezee & Colin Smith

Alexei Kervezee goes on the offensive on his way to an impressive 62, which helped Holland to victory over Scotland

Holland wrapped up their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 with a seven-wicket win over Scotland at The Oval.

A 105-run second-wicket partnership from Alexei Kervezee (62) and Bas Zuiderent (44) ensured the win for the Dutch, who were chasing 129, in the final over.

Scotland, started their innings brightly but could not maintain their quick start as they stumbled to 128 for nine thanks to impressive bowling from Edgar Schiferli (3-33) and Mudassar Bukhari (2-27).

Kyle Coetzer looked in good form at the crease, making 39 from 28 balls, but struggled to find a batting partner with Fraser Watts the only other man to reach 20.

The re-introduction of paceman Dirk Nannes to the Holland attack pegged Coetzer back before he was removed by Pieter Seelaar in the 15th over and Scotland stumbled.

Holland, who play England in the tournament’s curtain-raiser on Friday, began their reply in a disappointing fashion when Calum MacLeod dismissed Darren Reekers for four in the first over.

Kervezee and Zuiderent quickly regained the initiative for the Dutch though, as they reached 50 in the ninth over thanks to some wayward bowling from Gordon Drummond and Craig Wright and some lax fielding.

Hamilton then effectively introduced spinners Majid Haq and Glenn Rogers to slow Holland’s run rate down as they struggled to get the ball off the square.

Kervezee sensed the Dutch were falling behind and began to open his shoulders in the 13th over when he found the boundary twice off Craig Wright including one huge six over mid off.

He reached his half-century in the following over from 50 balls and Zuiderent kept things ticking at the other end as Jeroen Smits’ side reached 100 in the 16th over.

Kyle Coetzer & Jeroen Smits

Kyle Coetzer is stumped by Jeroen Smits for 39 as Scotland stumble to 128 for nine en route to a seven-wicket defeat

Majid Haq then caught and bowled Kervezee in the 17th over to leave Holland requiring 18 off 22 balls.

Zuiderent was caught by Watts off Wright in the final over with four runs still needed but Daan van Bunge (four not out) kept his nerve to hit the winning runs with three balls to spare.

Smits predicted afterwards that Holland can upset the odds and beat England.

"Today will have given our team a lot of confidence for Friday," he said. "I'm sure we can spring a surprise. It's a great chance for all of us.

"We have a quality 20-over team. They have some quality players but it comes down to who is best on the day and I think we can compete and I'm sure we can do a job on Friday."

Scotland captain Hamilton was disappointed with his side's showing after they failed to build on yesterday's impressive performance against England.

The all-rounder said: "Coming here to play so close after the England game is no excuse whatsoever - we got a decent night's sleep and had plenty of preparation.

"It can only be described as a lacklustre display. The most disappointing point was that we made the same mistakes as yesterday, there were far too many dot balls in the first six overs.”

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