Bloemfontein (South Africa): Klaas van Noortwijk and Feiko Kloppenburg became the first Dutch players ever to make World Cup centuries as the Netherlands stormed to a 64-run win over Namibia in the battle of Group 'A' no-hopers on Monday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
After piling up 314 for four off 50 overs, the Dutch dismissed Namibia for 250 in 46.5 overs with Kloppenburg also starring with the ball as he finished his 10-over spell with figures of four for 42.It was the first ever World Cup win for the Netherlands and gave it its first - and last points in this tournament.Namibia, playing in its first World Cup, got its reply off to a solid start with openers Jan Burger and Morne Karg putting on 76 for the first wicket before Burger was out in the 14th over for 41.
Karg was also dismissed for 41 before Danie Keulder and Gavin Murgatroyd both chipped in with 52 each taking the score to 209 for four in the 40th over.However, wickets then fell regularly as the Africans struggled to keep up with the run rate.Earlier, Van Noortwijk, 32, who had held the previous best Dutch score in a World Cup of 64 against England in 1996, went on to finish on 134 not out off 129 balls, hitting 11 fours and three sixes."I have had a pretty poor tournament so today was a question of getting rid of all my frustrations," van Noortwijk, who put on 228 off 243 balls with Kloppenburg for the second wicket, said.
"I told myself I could do it and Feiko and I kept each other going by telling each other that we would never get such a great track like this to bat again."The 28-year-old Kloppenburg, opening the innings, was first to the milestone reaching his ton off 127 balls before van Noortwijk, in at number three, notched up his three figures off 111 balls. Kloppenburg hit six fours and four huge sixes before he was finally out for 121, caught by Melt van Schoor off Gerrie Snyman off the last ball of the 44th over. Copyright AFP 2001