East London: James Anderson's career-best One-day International haul of four for 25 restricted The Netherlands to 142 for nine in 50 overs as England finally got its World Cup campaign underway at Buffalo Park on Sunday. Lancashire quick bowler Anderson, 20, England's find of the Ashes tour, bowled his 10 permitted overs straight through as The Netherlands' top order, with the exception of Tim de Leede (58 not out), crumbled just as it had done in their opener against India.
In that match The Netherlands, fielding first, admirably restricted India to just 204 but this time it was sent in to bat after England captain Nasser Hussain won the toss. After a steady start Anderson, struck in the sixth over when he had Daan van Bunge caught in the gully by Craig White for four to leave The Netherlands 15 for one. His second victim came in the 10th over when left-hander Luke van Troost played across the line and was lbw for eight. The Netherlands' problems got worse when, on 31, they lost three wickets for no runs in 10 balls.
Bas Zuiderent (2), who has played for Sussex, then chipped Anderson straight to Hussain at mid-off. Two balls later Klaus van Noortwijk went for a duck, caught by diving England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart down the leg side. Anderson's county colleague Andrew Flintoff then had One-day International debutant Nick Statham lbw for seven. But de Leede hit back with some well-struck boundaries, his fifty coming off 72 balls including five fours as England failed to fully capitalise on Anderson's start.
England, which should have started its World Cup campaign against Zimbabwe in Harare on Thursday but instead boycotted the match on security grounds instead, included Yorkshire all-rounder White despite his side strain injury. He got through 10 overs, taking two for 22. Ian Blackwell, who took over as England's One-day spinner in Australia following Ashley Giles' injury, was chosen ahead of his fellow left-armer here and finished with two for 37.