Reekers quits international cricket
The Netherlands’ New Zealand-born allrounder Darron Reekers (36) announced his retirement from international cricket following his side’s match against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Although his last game for his country ended in defeat, Reekers will be remembered for his role in the historic win over England four days earlier, when his two sixes, and especially the second off Stuart Broad, set the tone for a magnificent Dutch run chase.
A powerful, aggressive batsman and lively medium-pacer, Reekers played for Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand before first coming to Hoofdklasse club Quick Haag as coach in 1998, eventually settling in Den Haag and continuing to play for the club as an amateur.
He made his international debut for The Netherlands in 2001, making 53 in a first-round Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy match against Norfolk. He went on to play a total of 75 matches for his adopted country, making 1773 runs at an average of 24.97 and taking 51 wickets at an average cost of 30.22.
For Quick Haag, for whom he reportedly intends to play one more match before returning to New Zealand, where he has again been living since earlier this year, he has made 7121 runs at an average of nearly 40 and taken 270 wickets at 16.11.
A menacing figure for opposing bowlers at the top of an innings, Reekers hit the first of his two international centuries for The Netherlands against Ireland in the World Cricket League in Nairobi in 2007.
He surpassed this in last year’s European Championships, smashing a record-breaking 196 off 107 balls against a hapless Norwegian attack, including 20 fours and 12 sixes. It is the highest score for the Dutch in any one-day international match.
His contribution with the bat in the recent World Cup qualifying tournament was much more modest, but despite the fact that fitness problems had meant his bowling less and less in recent years, he produced two excellent spells with the ball, against Afghanistan and Canada, which played a crucial part in The Netherlands’ reaching their third World Cup in succession.