Fixture Type: YB40
Venue: VOC Rotterdam
Fixture Date: Monday 3 June
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Won by 44 runs
Worcestershire defeated the Netherlands by 44 runs in their Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Rotterdam.
Worcestershire, who won the toss and chose to bat, made one change from their previous YB40 match as Chris Russell replaced Alan Richardson.
Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell got Worcestershire off to a good start, as they put on 98 for the first wicket, before Ali was caught by Stephan Myburgh at deep mid-wicket off Tom Heggelman for 48 off 48 balls, with 5 fours, in the 17th over. Mitchell went to his 50 off 60 balls as the captain and Alexei Kervezee made a second wicket stand of 87, which included a Mitchell six over long-on, but, with the score on 185 in the 31st over, Mitchell was caught at deep mid-wicket by Heggelman off Peter Borren for a brilliant 92 off 95 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six.
Worcestershire went on the attack towards the end of the innings as Gareth Andrew struck 3 fours and a six over long-on before he was caught at deep long-on by Borren off Tom Cooper for 20 off 12 balls, with the score on 222, and then Kervezee, who reached his 50 off 52 balls, and Ben Cox added a further 61 runs in just 27 balls, which included four sixes, before Kervezee was caught by Borren at deep long-on off Cooper for an excellent 81 off 68 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six, and with Cox hitting 34 off just 16 balls, with 1 four and 3 sixes, the visitors ended up on 293-4 off their 40 overs.
The Dutch reply started well before Myburgh was caught behind by Michael Johnson off Jack Shantry for 25, with the score on 41, and then the second wicket fell on 86 in the 15th over when Eric Szwarczynski was run out by Andrew for 18.
Cooper and Wesley Barresi gave the home side a glimmer of hope by putting on 92 for the third wicket, with Barresi getting to his 50 off 52 balls, with a six over long-on, before the visitors got the breakthrough when Barresi was caught and bowled by Shantry (2-31 off 7 overs) for 65 off 67 balls, with 5 fours and 2 sixes, with the score on 176-3 in the 27th over.
Then Worcestershire got wickets at regular intervals thanks to both Chris Russell (4-32 off 6 overs), who bowled three inswinging yorkers, and Andrew (2-51 off 8 overs) and despite an unbeaten 78 off 59 balls by Cooper, with 9 fours and 2 sixes, he was left stranded as the Netherlands were all out for 249 off 38 overs.
Worcestershire (293/4) beat Netherlands (249) by 44 runs.