Ten Doeschate hits another century
In an Intercontinental Cup match dominated by the batsmen, Ryan ten Doeschate hit a fine 120-ball hundred, his second of the game, as The Netherlands reached 170 for two in their second innings.
Bermuda's record-breaking but increasingly tedious innings finally ended forty minutes before tea on the final afternoon, their total of 620 the highest so far recorded in this competition.
David Hemp continued to be the star of the show, defying the Dutch bowlers for six and three-quarter hours for his career-highest 247 not out, which came off 373 balls and included 30 fours and two sixes. It was also the highest individual score recorded in the competition, surpassing Steve Tikolo's 220 against Bermuda in Windhoek last year.
Bermuda added 117 runs for the loss of just one wicket to bring their total to 549 for seven at lunch, and upped the tempo slightly after the interval.
The Netherlands’ only success of the morning came when Saleem Mukuddem, who had made 90 edged van Bunge to keeper Jeroen Smits. The seventh-wicket stand between Hemp and Mukuddem exactly doubled the Bermudian total, creating an Intercontinental Cup record of 219.
Dwayne Leverock now joined Hemp, and they had added a further 132 for the eighth wicket, another Bermudian record. Leverock combined solid defence with occasional lusty blows, and his 51 was his highest first-class score.
The Dutch bowlers continued to work hard, van Bunge contributing long spells with his leg-spin and ten Doeschate and Borren causing occasional problems, but on a perfect batting wicket and after two-and-a-half days in the field, the attack looked increasingly threadbare.
Borren gave revived their flagging spirits when he removed Leverock leg-before and then dismissed Rodney Trott the same way with the next ball, but last man Kevin Hurdle played very straight in helping to a last-wicket partnership of 50 - yet another Bermudian first-class record.
The Bermudian tactics were, however, a little difficult to understand. By not batting for a declaration they ensured that the game would almost certainly peter out into a tame draw, barring a dramatic collapse by the Dutch batsmen.
Saleem Mukuddem achieved an early breakthrough, getting de Grooth to edge a catch to Romaine at second slip, but Ryan ten Doeschate started purposefully, hitting four boundaries in reaching 22 not out by the tea interval. He continued in the same spirit after tea, while Bas Zuiderent carefully played himself in.
Ten Doeschate took nineteen off one Rodney Trott over, and with Zuiderent showing increasing confidence the total rose steadily. Zuiderent went to fifty with two powerful straight sixes, and then ten Doeschate worked his way towards the hundred in the match's final overs, eventually reaching his target with just one over to go.
Two balls from the end, however, still on 100, he was adjudged leg before when well down the wicket to a ball from Irving Romaine, an unfortunate end to a superb innings. Zuiderent remained not out on 56.