Bertus de Jong
The Netherlands bounced back from defeat in last week's four day match to decisively best PNG in the abbreviated first of two WCL Championship games. The teams waited out most of the day in grim and drizzly conditions before the weather finally cleared around 3pm, allowing a truncated 30 over game to be attempted. The Dutch quicks made the best of the conditions after winning the toss, Mudassar Bukhari removing PNG openers Tony Ura and Lega Siaka in his first two overs - the latter with the by way of a stunning sliding one-handed catch from Peter Borren - and Timm van der Gugten trapped VV Morea LBW in the next over to reduce the visitors to 21-3.
The partnership between Asad Vala and Mahuru Dai - which won the four-dayer for PNG - managed to resist till the next rain break, but some fine controlled aggression van Paul van Meekeren kept the scoring rate down. Returning after the rain with the innings further reduced to a maximum 24 overs, Vala and Dai took the total to 55 before Pieter Seelaar clean bowled both in consecutive overs to leave the Baramundis 5 down for 70. Ahsan Malik ensured there would be no recovery, taking a wicket in each of his last four overs to finish with admittedly rather flattering figures of 4-37, and the Barramundis struggled to 122-9 from their alotted 24 overs.
Duckworth-Lewis added just one run to the score, and the target of 124 never looked like troubling the Dutch. Papua's opening bowlers Gavera and Nou did little to help their cause, giving away ten extras in the first two overs, but the visitors never looked like defending the total. A 7-over 53 run opening stand between Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart set the tone, and when Myburgh nicked off to a Soper delivery for 20 Swart pressed on with Ben Cooper. The pair took the hosts to within sight of victory at 91-1 before Swart became the first of Charles Amini's three victims having made 38.
Cooper continued undaunted despite three more wickets falling at the other end as the Dutch middle order looked to force the pace, eventually finishing unbeaten on 37 as the Dutch romped home in 18.1 overs.