|World Twenty20 Cup Qualifier: Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 2008|
Flawless Netherlands qualifies by beating Scotland
Man of the match Ryan ten Doeschate produced a fine all-round performance to inspire the Netherlands’ to an easy five-wicket win over Scotland in the second semi-final.
Essex’s ten Doeschate grabbed 3-23 to peg Scotland to 107-8 in 20 overs after Kyle Coetzer (40) and Ryan Watson (22) had provided their team with a 54-run opening start, the highest first wicket partnership of the tournament so far.
Scotland did itself no favours in the closing stages of its innings when it could add only 37 runs in the last 6.1 overs while losing seven wickets.
Ten Doeschate, in the target chase, returned unbeaten on 24 from 14 balls with a six and a four as the Netherlands wrapped up with match in 18 overs. Eric Szwarzcyniski (31), Tom de Grooth (24) and Peter Borren (16 not out) also made valuable contributions.
For the final, the Netherlands will not have the services of ten Doeschate who is required on Essex duty in the county championship in the UK. “It will be a big loss but we have players who can rise to the occasion, take responsibility and deliver the final punch,” said the Netherlands captain Jerome Smits.
“It is big moment for Dutch cricket that we will be in England next year after missing the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999. I am sure there will be a lot of people following us next year and cricket will get its right attention.
“I think today we showed our true character. We bowled well and batted sensibly and if we can repeat this performance tomorrow, we can win the tournament. I have the highest respect for Ireland but I believe we are a better team than them and that’s what we need to show them tomorrow,” said Smits.