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Leicestershire outfoxed by Dutch

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The Netherlands stretched their lead at the top of Group A in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a 43-run victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Put into bat, the visitors posted their competition-best total of 304 for three, with Michael Swart striking a maiden one-day century and sharing a second-wicket stand of 152 with Tom Cooper.

Despite a brilliant 115 from Ramnaresh Sarwan, bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire were unable to end their dismal run in the competition, finishing on 261 for nine and slumping to their fourth defeat in five games.

For the Netherlands, it was their fifth win in seven matches having already beaten Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Lancashire and Essex.

Stephan Myburgh gave the visitors a flying start, hitting a massive six off the fourth ball of the innings from Alex Wyatt.

Another followed off Nathan Buck as Myburgh raced to 37 from 27 balls before being brilliantly run out by Josh Cobb.

Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper hit an impressive half-century to help the Netherlands continue their fine form in this season's Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A

The spinner made a great diving stop off his own bowling, and then whipped the ball back to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley before Myburgh could regain his ground having set off for a single.

But his quick knock set the tone, and the partnership between Swart and Cooper took the innings to another level as the Foxes were left chasing the ball to all parts.

Swart survived a difficult chance to Michael Thornely at cover and reached his fifty off 63 balls with three boundaries.

He then began to cut loose, hitting three sixes off Claude Henderson as the stand surpassed the previous best of 132 against Worcestershire at Kidderminster.

Cooper was no slouch either, pulling Nathan Buck to the ropes to move to 50 off 53 balls.

The next landmark was Swart's century, reached from 96 deliveries with three sixes and five other boundaries.

But he was out two runs later, skying a catch to long-on off Wayne White. Cooper followed at 229, giving a return catch to Cobb having scored 68 off 67 balls.

But Cameron Borgas, with an unbeaten 33-ball 61, and Mudassar Bukhari kept the runs flowing, 74 coming off the last six overs as the Netherlands posted their biggest score against county opposition.

Thanks to Sarwan, the Foxes made a brave effort to chase down the target but, once he had gone for 115 off 89 balls - with nine fours and a six, they had little hope.

Jacques du Toit was the next highest scorer with 48 and White hit an aggressive 32. However, the Netherlands deservedly chalked up their third win in a row.

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