Worcestershire dismantle the Dutch
Worcestershire produced a stunning bowling performance to condemn Group A leaders the Netherlands to only their second Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat of the campaign courtesy of a nine-wicket victory at The Hague.
After the contest was reduced to 39 overs per side due to the inclement weather, the visitors skittled their hosts for just 57 inside 24 overs after winning the toss, with only Tom Cooper, who made 25, and captain Peter Borren making double figures.
Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry claimed three wickets apiece, while David Lucas and skipper Daryl Mitchell took two each.
Vikram Solanki’s unbeaten 39 from 40 balls saw Worcestershire home inside 14 overs, with the convincing triumph moving them into second place in the table, five points behind the Dutch but with three games in hand.
The Netherlands never recovered from having Stephan Myburgh caught behind by Ben Scott off the first ball of the innings from Lucas.
Lucas and Shantry combined in successive overs to remove Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi to leave them 24 for three in the eighth over.
Cooper had 25 of the Netherlands’ 33, but was trapped in front by Andrew before Lucas caught Cameron Borgas off Shantry seven balls later.
Mitchell introduced himself into the attack and made a double breakthrough in the space of five balls, accounting for Tim Gruijters and Mudassar Bukhari as the hosts found themselves seven down for just 47.
Borren made 12, but his 33-ball knock came to an end at the hands of Andrew, who trapped him in front and dismissed Tom Heggelman in similar fashion next ball to complete figures of 3-9 off seven overs.
Shantry took 3-26, wrapping up the innings by dismissing last man Timm van der Gugten for a single.
Despite the loss of Moeen Ali to Timm van der Gugten in the fifth over, Solanki, who struck a century in his side’s defeat to Lancashire on Monday, ensured Worcestershire had no further alarms by hitting five fours.
The right-hander was accompanied in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 48 by Phil Hughes, who hit one four in his 12 not out.