The Netherlands Beat 122 for 5 (Vikramjit 39, O’Dowd 35, de Leede 30, Smit 2-24) Namibia 121 for 6 (Frylinck 43, de Leede 2-18) with five wickets
The Netherlands were boss of Namibia and then, despite a bit of a hiccup, did the job with the bat to write a five-wicket win in Geelong and get a foothold in the Super 12s.
If the UAE beat Sri Lanka in the second game of the day, the Netherlands is through to the main round.
From the start, the Netherlands was on the spot in Geelong, where a new field was in use. Fred Klaassen found the swing with the new ball and gave up only four runs in the first over. Namibia introduced left-arm spinner Tim Pringle into the next over and he hit the second ball, catching long range Divan la Cock – the only fielder in the deep end at the time – on a duck. Namibia found it difficult to find the borders and the slow outfield didn’t help their cause either. Colin Ackerman then came on with his offspin, mainly to counter left-handed Michael van Lingen, but he was welcomed with a few limits.
Stephan Baard got an lbw dismissal reversed in the last ball of the sixth left, which was a relief for struggling Namibia.
Frylinck hit a four off Van Meekeren in the third ball of the eighth over, and Namibia then had to wait for the fifth ball of the 18th over for the next boundary, when Frylinck hit a short throw from Timm van der Gugten for a six over midwicket . With that, Frylinck also took Namibia past the 100. Between these two borders, Namibia had also lost Baard, who fell to a 22-ball 19, while Frylinck sewed the highest partnership of 41 innings with captain Gerhard Erasmus.
De Leede then produced a double wicket-over, putting them both in the space of three balls, but JJ Smit and David Wiese each hit a border to bring Namibia to 121.
Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz opened the bowl for Namibia and managed to keep the openers quiet, but the fast bowlers were no match for the task. Vikramjit hit two boundaries from Wiese in the second, followed that with two huge sixes from Ben Shikongo, first hitting a short ball over midwicket and then launching a ball into the slot to the same region. Vikramjit and O’Dowd played out Erasmus cautiously and made it through the power play unscathed and well ahead of the required pace, but Scholtz broke through with Vikramjit’s wicket left in the ninth.
A mini collapse, but the Netherlands will make it
That didn’t change much as O’Dowd and de Leede kept the Netherlands in full control of the chase and they only needed 30 balls from 38.
Pretty easy, you would think? Not quite.
A sensational stretch of fielding by Erasmus broke the second wicket line, with O’Dowd falling for a run-a-ball 35. In the 16th over, JJ Smit struck back-to-back with the left arm to remove Tom Cooper and Ackermann. And in the 17th, Scott Edwards chipped a full ball from Frylinck to Loftie-Eaton for cover. And just like that, the Netherlands had lost four wickets for ten runs in 18 balls.
The required speed was just over six at this stage and Wiese and Smit bowled a few overs in which the Leede and Pringle could only get singles. But a four from the Leede from the first ball from the last over, bowled by Wiese, relieved the pressure and a scrambled two from the third ball completed the job.