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Worcestershire batsman Alexei Kervezee delivered another match-winning contribution as the England Performance Programme ended their tour of India with a six-wicket Twenty20 defeat against the Netherlands.

Fresh from striking 96 in Friday's second 50-over encounter between the teams, Kervezee thumped 80 from just 44 balls on this occasion to underpin a successful chase of 145, completed with 15 balls unused.

James Taylor's 29 represented the most substantial contribution to the EPP's 144 for six, although Ben Stokes continued his fine form by striking 27 not out from 13 deliveries at the death.

Several EPP batsmen got in after the Netherlands had chosen to field, but the innings was undermined by a regular loss of wickets.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes made another powerful contribution with the bat today, but he and the other England Performance Programme bowlers subsequently suffered at the hands of the in-form Alexei Kervezee

Openers Michael Lumb and Alex Hales fell inside the powerplay, for 16 and 15 respectively, while Craig Kieswetter departed for eight.

Taylor and Gary Ballance rebuilt and the latter struck three successive fours only to be stumped for 26 next ball.

Stokes' late hitting boosted the total and Michael Swart fell for a golden duck in reply, yet Kervezee quickly had the Netherlands on course as he dominated a second-wicket partnership of 108 with Stephan Myburgh.

The opener progressed with relative caution to 35 as Kervezee attacked from the other end, striking 13 fours and a maximum off Danny Briggs, who finished as the pick of the EPP attack with 2-30.

Kervezee was the spinner's second victim, but by that stage the Netherlands needed just 36 more for victory.

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