Netherlands v Middlesex - Clydesdale Bank 40 - Group A – Live Score and Update
Netherlands 212/9 (40/40 ov) v Middlesex 213/2 (37.2/40 ov) - Middlesex won by 8 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)
In the ongoing Clydesdale Bank 40 tournament, Middlesex won their match against Netherlands by eight wickets on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Sportpark Westvliet, Voorburg.
The 40-over game was a high scoring match, where batsmen from both teams gave their best show to achieve superiority over the other by exhibiting some of the finest shots in modern-day cricket.
On winning the toss, Middlesex, chose to field first as they wanted their bowlers to have a first go at the batting side.
However, the plan backfired as Dutch openers SJ Myburgh and MR Swart
clobbered an impressive opening stand of 50 runs to give the bowlers a run for their money.
It was then in the 10th over when the batting side saw the demise of their first wicket with MR Swart walking back to the pavilion after getting run out on 23 runs.
Nonetheless, this did not hamper Netherland’s batting onslaught as the next wicket fell with a daunting total of 114 runs on the board when Borgas, the number-three batsman saw his wicket fall after scoring a knock of 21 runs.
The bowling side then grabbed another wicket by dismissing Myburgh, who walked off the field after playing an exuberant innings of 66 runs. At the time of his wicket, Netherlands had amassed 118 runs on the board.
The side then went through a batting collapse, where the batsmen lost their wickets cheaply, consequently the team managed to pile 212 runs in 40 overs.
From Middlesex, PR Stirling was extremely difficult to play as the bowler incinerated the Dutch by bagging four wickets in his six overs.
With a stinging total ahead, Middlesex suffered a terrible start by losing their first wicket with only a run on the board.
However, opener JL Denly and middle-order batsman PR Stirling huddled to save their side as they took the score to 47 runs, before the fielding side saw the back of Stirling, who departed after amassing a knock of 28 runs.
Later it was CJL Rogers who rallied alongside Denly as both batsmen stayed unbeaten on knocks of 96 and 83 to steer their side across the finish line in 37.2 overs.