Dutch confident of edging past their Gulf opponents

Published: Monday, July 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dublin:Holland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) chase the final qualifying place for the 2007 World Cup with the Dutch confident of edging past their Gulf opponents in the ICC Trophy fifth-place play-off.

The ICC Trophy holders lost their crown and failed to qualify directly for the World Cup in the Caribbean after losing two Group B matches to Canada and Scotland last week.

But Saturday's comprehensive 89-run win against Denmark has given them a sniff of the remaining World Cup slot.

The Dutch clash with the UAE with Holland vice-captain Jeroen Smits predicting victory.

"It was very disappointing not to finish in the top two of the group, but now we've got another chance we're not going to let it go," said Smits.

"It's going to be tight against the UAE, they are a very good side, but if we play like we can we should be good enough."

But Smits has added to the pressure by insisting that the future of Dutch cricket could hinge on their qualification.

The ICC's high performance funding policy will benefit the five teams who qualify for the World Cup from this tournament to the tune of nearly 300,000 dollars.

However, if Holland lose to the UAE, they would not receive that money for cricket development.

Elsewhere on Monday, Namibia and Denmark face each other to decide who finishes seventh.

Oman and the United States clash for ninth spot while Uganda and Papua New Guinea do battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

The ICC Trophy final between Ireland and Scotland does not take place until Wednesday.

They have already qualified for the World Cup as well as Bermuda and Canada.

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