Netherlands, UAE play-off for final qualifying spot

Published: Sunday, July 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dublin:The Netherlands and United Arab Emirates will play-off for the final qualifying spot for the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

Ireland, Scotland, Bermuda and Canada had already secured their places by finishing on top of their groups at the ICC Trophy here and on Saturday the Dutch beat Denmark while the UAE saw off Namibia to set up Monday's fifth-place decider.

Holland thrashed the Danes by 89 runs.

The Dutch were unlucky to miss out on automatic qualification from Group B of the tournament but bounced back with determination.

Bas Zuiderent and Dan van Bunge both hit centuries as Holland amassed 314 for 6six in 50 overs.

Denmark did not get close in their reply and were bowled out in the final over for 225.

Freddie Klokker showed his individual class with 52 runs.

The UAE ended Namibia's dream of a second consecutive appearance at the World Cup.

Gerry Synman contributed 82 not out to a competitive Namibia target of 240 for seven in 50 overs but UAE produced their best batting performance of the tournament to reach the target with 18 balls to spare.

Syed Maqsood and Khuram Khan were the key men for UAE. Maqsood finished not out on 84 while Khan made a crucial 92-run contribution.

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